Saturday, 2 June 2018

Mount Merapi erupts AGAIN as planes warned to immediately divert - latest travel advice

Bali News Views Editors Comments:

Once again Mount Merapi has erupted on the Island of Java. 

It just so happens I was in Java 300 KM away at the time it  erupted a few days ago.

I woke up in the morning and I had a feeling that something was wrong in the universe.

 After living in Bali for 21 years and perhaps coming in touch with the land I am more intuitive when there are any type of changes in the land.

Surprisingly enough I did not find anything on the news until I got home today In Bali and see that they're now talking about possible flight disruptions once again.

The good news is that the trade winds are still blowing strong this time of the year and will blow any volcanic dust far away from Bali.

In fact the volcano itself is over 432 km from the northern tip of Bali approximate 500 km from southern Bali's tourist areas.

So those of you who are planning on travelling to Bali, no fear. I can almost guarantee you  flight will not be cancelled unless it stops over in places such as Jogjakarta  or Jakarta.


INDONESIA'S volcano Mount Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes in the country, has erupted again. Planes have been warned to divert and avoid the area. Are flights being cancelled? Latest travel advice.
PUBLISHED: 15:56, Fri, Jun 1, 2018 | UPDATED: 18:56, Fri, Jun 1, 2018

GettyIndonesia volcano eruption: Mount Merapi has erupted again - are your flights affected?

Mount Merapi, one of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, erupted earlier this morning.

Occurring at 8:20am local time, the eruption saw volcanic ash thrown into the sky.

The large plume of smoke could be seen for miles as it spewed 6km into the air.

Activity around the volcano of up to two miles has been prohibited.

Planes are being warned to divert and avoid the area, but have any flights been cancelled?

The Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) has issued a red warning,

Flights have not yet been affected by delays or cancellations.

Yogyakarta Airport remains open to flights and has not closed.

The Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) has issued a red warning, which means an eruption is currently happening which is releasing ash.

No evacuations have been advised as of yet, but officials will be watching the air and wind speed to follow the route of the ash clouds.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not updated the travel warning for Mount Merapi.

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1 of 44GettyIndonesia volcano eruption: Mount Merapi has continued to erupt in recent months

The latest warning was about the Mount Merapi eruption on May 11.

Tourists should be aware there are “many active volcanoes in Indonesia, any of which can erupt with little or no warning.”

The FCO warns: “This often results in the evacuation of villages within a 3 to 7 kilometre radius and disruption to air travel in the wider region.

“In the past, repeated eruptions have caused destruction and fatalities.

“Check media reports before travelling to areas that are prone to volcanic activity.”

Horrifying moment Mount Merapi erupts

GettyIndonesia volcano eruption: There are 129 volcanoes in the country

Mount Merapi previously erupted last month on May 24, with evacuations being advised by Indonesia authorities.

The alert was also raised in the country from normal to “beware”.

Videos of the volcano caught a number of hikers who were trekking at the time of the eruption.

Mount Agung also caused problems for locals and travellers in the area, after a large amount of volcanic ash threatened flights in November 2019.

The alert status was lowered from “beware” to
 “alert” in February.

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