I post this not for crass sensationalism of a goulish image, but as a reminder of how powerful the forces of nature are and how quickly it can occur. We mostly live in controlled environments removed from this thought. For the most part, we think we have managed to control and “tame” nature and go about our business without thinking about it at all except maybe whether to pack an umbrella.
The forces nature can manifest are total and complete and longlasting by human terms.
Aditia Surya’s brutal image of the twisted ash covered bodies of the victims brings home the speed and destructive power that the eruption of Mount Merapi has brought to Indonesia.
Bodies of victims of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi eruption are seen in front of a house in Argomulyo village, Cangkringan, in Sleman November 5, 2010. Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano erupted with renewed ferocity on Friday, bringing the total death toll to over 100 and blanketing the area with white ash. REUTERS/Aditia Surya