7 Airport closed due MtKelud Eruptions

7 Airport closed due MtKelud Eruptions

Seven airports ( airport ) was closed on Friday ( 14/2 ) after the eruption of Mount Kelud . Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Kelud have shortened visibility and cover the airport runway so it does not allow for flight .

” Kelud eruption has trowed material volume of 80 million cubic meters of ash and sand . Till date, in Kelud , is still going on gusts of larvae and continuous tremors , ” said Head of Data Information Center (Pusat Data Informasi) and Public Relations ( Humas ) National Disaster Management Agency ( BNPB ) , Sutopo Purwo Nugroho , Friday afternoon ( 14/2 )

This is 7 Airports that affected by Mount Kelud Eruptions :

  1. Juanda, Surabaya
  2. Abdulrahman Saleh, Malang
  3. Adi Sucipto, Yogyakarta
  4. Adi Sumarmo, Solo
  5. Ahmad Yani, Semarang
  6. Husein Sastranegara, Bandung
  7. Tunggul Wulung, Cilacap.

Mount Kelud erupted on Thursday night, hurling red hot ash and rocks over a huge distance.

The explosions could be heard 130 kilometres away in Surabaya, the country’s second-largest city, and even further afield in Yogyakarta.

Melbourne student Anna Strempel, who is studying Indonesian in Yogyakarta, said she had little food left and all the shops were shut because of the ash.

“It’s pretty eerie here actually. It’s pretty quiet, looks as though there’s been snowfall.

“It doesn’t really smell but you can feel the grit in your eyes and you can feel it in your throat.”

Ash covered the ground in both cities and was still falling, witnesses and accounts on social media reported. TV footage from towns closer to the peak showed farm animals covered in ash.

Ms Strempel said she could still hear rumbling on Friday afternoon.

“We walked out to get some food but everything is closed. I only have one cucumber left to get me through.”

She said locals remarked the ash fall was much worse then the 2010 eruption of Mount Merapi, which is only 25 kilometres away from Yogyakarta and forced hundreds of people to flee the city.

Virgin said its meteorologists were monitoring the situation, in consultation with the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin, and the airline would recommence normal operations as soon as the volcanic ash cloud safely allowed it.

At least 10 Virgin Australia flights have been cancelled, including flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Perth to Denpasar. Four inbound flights from Bali to Australia have been grounded.

An additional two flights between Perth and Phuket were also cancelled.

“For safety reasons, we can’t fly within 100 nautical miles of an ash cloud so that’s why we’ve had to cancel them,” a Virgin Australia spokeswoman said.

“Guests will be reaccommodated to the next available flight accordingly.”

About 200,000 people living in 36 villages within 10 kilometres of Mount Kelud’s crater were ordered to evacuate on Thursday night after the volcano erupted.

TV pictures on Friday showed ash and rocks raining down on nearby villages as terrified locals fled in cars and on motorbikes towards evacuation centres.

Transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said Yogyakarta, Solo and Surabaya airports were closed due to reduced visibility and the dangers posed to aircraft engines by ash.

The mountain had been rumbling for several weeks.

The 1731-metre Kelud is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia.



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