Vol­cano sends ash cloud 6km into sky

Pretoria News - - WORLD -

JAKARTA: In­done­sia’s Mount Mer­api vol­cano erupted yes­ter­day, send­ing a 6km col­umn of ash into the air and trig­ger­ing the clo­sure of the air­port in the nearby city of Solo on the densely pop­u­lated Java is­land, au­thor­i­ties said.

The vol­cano, lo­cated near the cities of Yo­gyakarta and Solo, is one of In­done­sia’s most ac­tive and a se­ries of erup­tions in 2010 killed more than 350 peo­ple.

In­done­sia’s Vol­cano Ob­ser­va­tory No­tice for Avi­a­tion is­sued a red alert and said the ash cloud was mov­ing north.

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