Indonesia’s Abdurahman Saleh Airport closed due to Mount Bromo eruption

By on Nov 29, 2010 in Lifestyle, Natural Disasters, Science, Travel, World Comments

The Abdurahman Saleh Airport and a popular tourist attraction in Indonesia is now closed due to the series of eruption of Mount Bromo, as published on international news sites on Monday.

Indonesia’s transportation ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan apparently made the announcement and told the news that the airport will be closed until December 4.

The official added that Abdurahman Saleh Airport was forced to be temporarily closed since taking flights is too risky due to avoid possible accident due to continuous release of ash in the sky.

Mount Bromo, about 750 kilometers east of capital Jakarta and almost 2,400 meters tall, started erupting last week, while the airport is in Malang, 16 miles (25 kilometers) west of the said volcano.

“The ash contains chemical substances which could cause engine trouble” to passing planes, Ervan was quoted as saying; while local volcanologists say it has been emitting ashes about 700 meters into the sky.

Local authorities have also declared a red alert on Friday, but there was no evacuation notice issued to people living on the foot of the mountain as of this writing.

But unlike Mount Merapi, the area within Mount Bromo was said to be less populated.

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