Merapi volcano alert raised


JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesia today raised the alert at the Mount Merapi volcano to the highest level, warning an eruption may be imminent. The measure forces the immediate evacuation of thousands of people from the slopes.

The 9,700-foot peak in densely populated Central Java province has been rumbling ominously in recent weeks and spewing clouds of black ash and lava.

Many people living closest to the crater have already been evacuated, but thousands have refused to leave their homes until receiving orders.