Flight alert notice as volcano erupts in Indonesia

Flight alert notice as volcano erupts in Indonesia

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Jakarta, Jul 26 : A volcano erupted near Indonesia's third-biggest city of Bandung on Friday, sending ash several hundred metres into the air and triggering warnings for people to stay away.

Broadcasters showed footage of cars and motorbikes driving away from Tangkuban Parahu on roads covered by ash.

The disaster mitigation agency said the tourism spot had been closed and the alert status of the volcano was being evaluated.

The volcano is about 30 km north of Bandung, the capital of West Java province.
Indonesia is on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire and has scores of active volcanoes, sometimes posing a threat to life and disrupting air travel, particularly on the most heavily populated islands like Java and Bali.

Meanwhile the Indonesian authorities issued a flight alert notice following eruption of Tangkuban Perahu volcano.

The orange Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) alert issued by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's Geological Agency indicates that volcanic ash particles are still lingering 1,000 ft above the volcano crater.

"This level (of situation) may risk the flights. The VONA alert also shows that volcanic ash clouds are heading to south and northeast directions," Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency of BNPB Spokesman Agus Wibowo said in a statement.(UNI)