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Indonesia volcanic ash plume grounds Australian flights

Published time: May 31, 2014 15:23
Edited time: June 01, 2014 16:41
AFP Photo / Andy Amaldan

AFP Photo / Andy Amaldan

A massive cloud of volcanic ash over Indonesia has stopped all air services to Darwin and Bali until Sunday. Flights from Australia are now suffering - prompting fears they won’t resume for days. Mount Sangeang started activity on Friday.

The Sangeang Api volcano has been erupting continuously since Friday afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre said on Friday.

Qantas and Virgin Australia airlines have both confirmed that all flights to and from Darwin – the capital of the Northern Territory – have been canceled.

AFP Photo / Andy Amaldan
The massive cloud of ash has risen between 6km and 13km into the atmosphere. It could potentially linger for the next 18-24 hours, Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre assistant manager Cyndee Seals told AAP.

“It is starting to pull more westerly and it may move a little bit more to the north,” she said.

“We can see it right down to the Kimberley.”

“The volcano is still erupting as it has done for most of the day, but not as violently as [it] initially erupted but there is a steady plume,” VAAC spokesman Tim Birch told the agency.

Screenshot from AP video
The second cloud could cause severe problems for flights between Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. The third is within 100km of Bali.

“Depending on wind and other weather conditions, the ash has the potential to affect flights to and from other airports, including Brisbane, during coming days. This is currently being fully assessed,” Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss stated.

Airservices Australia has started rerouting international flights around the cloud.

Comments (2)


Natasha Lyonn 01.06.2014 09:00

Yusuf O. Osman 31.05.2014 18:46

I'm about to watch the film now ..
Coincidence ?


T here is no coincidences. I've heard about US secret weapon doing such things. They can destroy everything where they want and it looks like volcano. I'll give a link if I'll find it.


Adam 31.05.2014 18:23

I literally watched Pompeii and then after the movie I sat down at the computer and found this. Odd..

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