Erup­tion of In­done­sian vol­cano sparks travel chaos

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

BALI, In­done­sia — Ash spew­ing from a vol­cano on In­done­sia’s main is­land of Java sparked chaos for hol­i­day­mak­ers as air­ports closed and in­ter­na­tional air­lines can­celled flights to tourist hotspot Bali, strand­ing thou­sands. Mount Raung in East Java province, about 150 kilo­me­tres (95 miles) from Bali’s in­ter­na­tional air­port, has been rum­bling for sev­eral weeks. The level of ac­tiv­ity in­creased in the past week and on Fri­day it blasted ash and de­bris 3,800 me­tres (12,460 feet) into the air. Gov­ern­ment vol­ca­nol­o­gist Gede Suan­tika said the erup­tion forced author­i­ties to close five air­ports due to the risks posed by vol­canic ash, though two air­ports on Lom­bok is­land re­opened Fri­day af­ter­noon. The Trans­port Min­istry told air­lines to avoid routes near the moun­tain. It said a de­ci­sion about re­open­ing other air­ports would be made later Fri­day. Suan­tika said lava and ash fall from the 3,332-me­ter (10,930-feet) -high moun­tain on In­done­sia’s most densely pop­u­lated is­land also caused the gov­ern­ment to urge peo­ple to stay away from a three-kilo­me­tre (two-mile) - high dan­ger zone around the vol­cano.

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