Volcano Spews Gas, Lava in Indonesia; 11,000 Evacuated

Indonesian officials began evacuating 11,000 people from around the Merapi volcano today, as lava and clouds of gas and debris poured down its steep, upper slopes, news agencies reported.

The 9,700-foot (2,900-meter) volcano on the Indonesian island of Java has been sporadically spewing clouds of toxic gas and lava for several weeks.