Miles O’Brien: Exploring the Eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi

BY News Desk  December 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM EDT

On Thursday’s NewsHour, science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports from Indonesia on the science and the superstition surrounding the recent eruption of the deadly Mount Merapi volcano.

For an inside look, Hari Sreenivasan caught up with O’Brien in Indonesia for a debrief on the volcano’s dangerous “pyroclastic flows,” its spiritual gatekeeper, and Surono, the city’s volcano chief, who is tasked with making the hard evacuation decisions. Bonus extra: O’Brien confirms…there is a future.

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Video editing by Mike Fritz.