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Indonesian volcano death toll passes 150

The death toll from two weeks of eruptions from Indonesia's most volatile volcano passed 150 today.

Residents of the city at the base of Mount Merapi are fleeing, afraid that the volcano will erupt again. It is still spewing ash, though it has not had a major eruption since Friday.

In that blast, whole villages were smothered and people were cut down by searing gases that raced down the mountain at high speeds.

A hospital at the base of the volcano said that 12 more bodies were brought to the morgue today, including seven pulled from a destroyed village. Another five people who were being treated for burns died, taking the death toll to 153.

Merapi has erupted many times in the last century, killing more than 1,400.