The intensity of the eruption of Mount Soputan in Southeast , South Minahasa region, and Minahasa has been further intensified until Tuesday (01/05/2016) afternoon.
But the eruption columns are not visible from the monitoring station due to the overcast sky.
According to one observer, Asep, the conditions are similar to the eruption of 2011. These events, because of strong winds, have resulted in the ash fall on the airport Sam Ratulangi.
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) I t in Manado, North Sulawesi starting from 7:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday to about 6 a.m. on Wednesday because of volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Soputan, which was dangerous to aircraft.
The general manager of the AP I office at Sam Ratulangi Airport, Halendara Waworuntu, said the closure was done for the safety of passengers, since the volcanic ash had spread over the airport and its surrounding areas, disrupting flights.
“We needed to close the airport because of the volcano’s activity, which had affected flights,” said Waworuntu. He said it was possible for the office to extend the closure if Mt. Soputan continued to blow volcanic ash over the airport.
Waworuntu said AP I authorities would always be on 24-hour alert to anticipate the impacts of the volcanic eruption on airport activities while they continued to receive reports on the situation in the area.
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Sources : Manadonews , Jakartapost.
Photo : B Pramono.