Authorities in East Java have ordered the closure of an airport until at least Saturday morning, following a volcanic eruption blowing ash around the region.
All flights out of and into Abdulrachman Saleh Airport in Malang were cancelled as of 9:30 a.m. on Friday, with authorities only planning to resume operations after 24 hours, conditions permitting.
Affected airlines have had to refund tickets, reschedule flights, or bus passengers to Surabaya, a two-hour drive away, to catch a flight from Djuanda Airport.
The closure was ordered after Mount Bromo, some 50 kilometers east of Malang, erupted, sending a thick column of volcanic ash up into the atmosphere.
Volcanic ash can damage jet engines, and a series of eruptions at other volcanoes this year have resulted in multiple and lengthy closures, particularly of Bali’s Ngurah Rai.
The VSI rating, based on the evaluation of the monitoring team, increased tremors, volcanic earthquakes, and the amplification of RSAM graphics (Realtime measuring seismic amplitude). Prohibition of entering the area with a radius of 2.5 km.
December 12, 2015. Bromo, Indonesia :
Source : The Jakartaglobe.
Photo : Oystein Lund Andersen