Flight warnings after eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:34
Mount Sinabung Volcano [ north Sumatra ] has erupted on February 19 th, 2018" , sending ash over 5 km high Its biggest eruption this year
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Agency, said the eruption began on Monday morning,
accompanied by multiple earthquakes and showering surrounding villages with small rocks.
“In five districts it became dark with a visibility of about 5 metres,” he said in a statement.
Pictures show Indonesian children going to school with volcanic ash in the air and people stopping to take pictures of the natural phenomenon.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency have reported no fatalities at this time.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin issued maps on Monday Febr 19 th 2018
showing an ash cloud heading in three directions from Sinabung, to the north, northwest and south-southeast.
Sinabung is about 75km southwest of Kualanamu International Airport in Medan.
Nur Isnin Istianto, head of the regional airport authority, said Kutacane airport in Aceh province had been closed,
but the wind direction allowed the airport of Kualanamu, Meulaboh and Silangit to remain open.
Some flights from Europe and other parts of the world will take a different rote, but for the moment no news of cancelled flights.
some people mistaken the location of Mount Sinabung is located on another Indonesian island in the north
of Sumatra near Medan , more than 3,200 km distance and is therefore no threat whatsoever
for travellers or whatever people who have vacation plans to visit Bali.