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Emerging from hell, the dust-caked and bloodied survivors of Mount Merapi's worst eruption yet

By Mail Foreign Service:

* Death toll reaches 122 as authorities extend danger zone
* 'There was an explosion that sounded like it was from a war... and it got worse, the ash and debris raining down.'

Horror scenes greeted rescuers arriving at villages near Mount Merapi after the Indonesian volcano's worst eruption in a century last night sent the death toll soaring to 122.

Searing gas avalanched down the mountainside with a thunderous roar, torching houses and trees and incinerating villagers as they fled.

The injured - with clothes, blankets and even mattresses fused to their skin by temperatures reaching 750C - were carried away on stretchers following the first big explosion just before midnight.

Soldiers joined rescue operations in hardest-hit Bronggang, a village nine miles from the crater, pulling at least 78 bodies from homes and

Added: Nov-6-2010 Occurred On: Nov-6-2010
By: gmccuiston
Tags: Mount Merapi's, worst eruption
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