Three Indonesian Volcanoes Erupt at Once, Disrupting Some Flights

Jakarta, 29 Syawwal 1437/04 August 2016 (MINA)  –  Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island near Bali, the Sinabung volcano on Sumatra Island and Mount Gamalama in the Moluccas chain of islands have all erupted in the past couple of days, prompting authorities to close the airport there, reported.

No one has been injured, but flights at two airports have been disrupted.

Sultan Babullah airport in Ternate, the capital of North Maluku province, was closed Wednesday and Lombok’s international airport was closed for several hours on Tuesday.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said that Gamalama and Sinabung erupted again late Tuesday, blasting debris high into the air.

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Hot ash tumbled down the Sinabung slopes as far as 2,000 meters (yards) southward into a river.

The three mountains are among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

The archipelago of 250 million people is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a string of faults that lines the Pacific Ocean.  (T/R07/R01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)