20 Sep '11, 4am

Indonesian farmers flee as world's deadliest volcano rumbles - @STcom

Indonesian farmers flee as world's deadliest volcano rumbles - @STcom

In this Oct 19, 2010 aerial photo, Mount Tambora's 10 kilometers (more than 7 miles) wide and 1 kilometer (half a mile) deep volcanic crater, created by the April 1815 eruption, is shown. -- PHOTO: AP MOUNT TAMBORA, Indonesia (AP) - Bold farmers in Indonesia routinely ignore orders to evacuate the slopes of live volcanoes, but those living on Tambora took no chances when history's deadliest mountain rumbled ominously this month. Villagers like Hasanuddin Sanusi have heard since they were young how the mountain they call home once blew apart in the largest eruption ever recorded - an 1815 event widely forgotten outside their region - killing 90,000 people and blackening skies on the other side of the globe. So, the 45-year-old farmer didn't wait to hear what experts had to say when Mount Tambora started being rocked by a steady stream of quakes. He grabbed his wife and four...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STI...

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