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Mount Merapi erupts again over Indonesia (Photos)

By Melissa Bell
Massive molten lava and searing ash clouds shoot from the crater of Mount Merapi. (Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands more people were evacuated from villages around Indonesia's Mount Merapi as the volcano erupted again, shooting ash and heat clouds high into the sky. The 2,914-meter-tall Merapi is a sacred landmark in Javanese culture whose name translates as "Mountain of Fire." Forty-four people have died.

Indonesians wear masks as they bike along a street covered with volcanic ash.(Irwin Fedriansyah/AP)
A view of Mount Merapi from a passing airplane. (Clara Prima/AFP/Getty Images)
A cloud of ash from the Mount Merapi volcano rises behind an Indonesian woman riding a bicycle in the Klaten district of Central Java. (Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images)
Villagers ride on a truck as they leave their homes on a street covered by volcanic ash. (Trisnadi/AP)
Mount Merapi volcano spews smoke, as seen from Sidorejo village in Klaten. (Beawiharta/Reuters)

By Melissa Bell  | November 4, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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