Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Mt. Bromo Eruptions Force Malang Airport to Close Again

Due to intensifying volcanic activity nearby, Malang's Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport was on Wednesday morning forced to shut down again, for an indefinite period of time.

Ash clouds from Mount Bromo, located some 50 kilometers east of Malang, have obscured visibility, making flight maneuvers in the region too dangerous, officials said. The airport had been closed last Friday for a full 24 hours but could reopen the next day.

The iconic 2,329-meter volcano, one of the country's key tourism destinations, last had a major eruption in January 2011, spewing thick clouds of volcanic ash. Indonesia has seen heightened volcanic activity in recent months, with the latest eruption of Mount Rinjani on West Nusa Tenggara's Lombok island also forcing several airports to shut down operations for several weeks. (Jakarta Globe)

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