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Evacuation begins as Indonesia's most active volcano rumbles

Eruption imminent, warns head of local volcanology center

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian authorities began evacuating people living on the volatile Mount Merapi volcano's fertile slopes on Friday following an increase in volcanic activity.

The head of Yogyakarta's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center, Hanik Humaida, warned that Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcano, could erupt at any time, possibly sending hot gas clouds down its slopes up to 5 kilometers (3 miles).

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