3 Indonesian airports closed due to volcanoes

2015-07-16 15:53
Mount Lokon volcano spews a giant column of volcanic ash during an eruption seen from Tomohon town located in Sulawesi Island. (AFP)

Mount Lokon volcano spews a giant column of volcanic ash during an eruption seen from Tomohon town located in Sulawesi Island. (AFP)

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Jakarata - Eruptions at two volcanoes have caused closures at three Indonesian airports, including one serving the country's second-largest city.

Mount Raung on the main island of Java blasted ash and debris up to 2 000m into the air after rumbling for several weeks. Gamalama mountain in eastern Indonesia erupted Thursday after months of quiet.

Transport Ministry spokesperson Julius Adravida Barata said volcanic ash spewing from Raung blew close to the East Java cities of Surabaya and Malang, forcing Juanda International and Abdurrahman Saleh airports to close.

The ministry said Sultan Babullah airport in Ternate, North Maluku's province capital, was closed after Gamalama sent volcanic ash as high as 1 500m into the sky.

Ash is hazardous to jet engines.

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