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Double Disaster In Indonesia

The death toll from a tsunami and a volcano rose to more than 340. On thursday as more victims of Indonesia’s double disasters were found. The epicenter of the 7.7-magnitude quake that struck late Monday beneath the ocean floor.

Hundreds were still missing after Monday’s (3-meter wave spawned by a massive quake struck the remote Mentawi islands off western Sumatra, where rescue officials kept away for days because of stormy seas and bad weather.

At least 311 people died as the tsunami washed away hundreds of wooden and bamboo homes in 20 villages, displacing more than 20,000 people.

1,300 kilometers to the east in central Java, the Mount Merapi volcano was mostly quiet but still a threat after Tuesday’s eruption that sent searing ash clouds into the air, killing at least 33 people and injuring 17.

About 36,000 people have been evacuated.

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