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Volcanic ash threatens Indonesian temple

The recent eruptions of Mt. Merapi in Indonesia is threatening to permanently damage an ancient Buddhist temple.

The World Heritage-listed site at Borobudur, in central Java, was covered in volcanic ash when the volcano began erupting in October.

South East Asian art expert and archaeologist Toni Tak says the temple contains bas-reliefs which related the life of Buddha.

She says the volcanic ash has got into the bas-reliefs, and when it rains the ash sets like cement.

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