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Today's Headlines Volcanoes

  • Volcanic Eruptions in Indonesia: Mount Merapi Erupts Suddenly

    Volcanic Eruptions in Indonesia: Mount Merapi Erupts Suddenly

    One of Indonesia's most famous volcanoes - the Merapi volcano that is located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta - erupted on Friday morning (11/05), spewing ash as high as 5,500 meters into the sky. The sudden eruption of Mount Merapi led to the temporary shutdown of Yogyakarta's Adisutjipto International Airport. Meanwhile, local residents who live within a five kilometer radius of the volcano are forced to evacuate.

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  • Big Impact of Mount Agung Eruption on the Economy of Bali

    Big Impact of Mount Agung Eruption on the Economy of Bali

    Indonesian authorities decided to keep Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport closed until (at least) Wednesday morning (29/11) as volcanic ashes from Mount Agung jeopardize the safety of air traffic. Since Saturday Mount Agung has been erupting again, leading to the implementation of the highest alert code in the area. Meanwhile, Lombok International Airport, located on neighboring island Lombok, was reopened on Tuesday (28/11).

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  • Mount Agung Erupts Again: Airports on Bali, Lombok Closed

    Mount Agung Erupts Again: Airports on Bali, Lombok Closed

    The international airports on Bali and Lombok will be closed for at least 24 hours starting from 07:15 am local Bali time as Mount Agung blasts volcanic ash in the sky. One day earlier, Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) had raised the alert code to the highest level (red code) after Mount Agung erupted again on Saturday.

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  • Volcanoes in Indonesia: Rising Activity at Bali's Mount Agung

    Volcanoes in Indonesia: Rising Activity at Bali's Mount Agung

    Rising activity at the Mount Agung volcano on the eastern part of Bali has made local authorities decide to impose a 12-kilometer exclusion zone around the mountain's crater. Reportedly, nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated from this zone. Mount Agung has shown unusual activity for the past two weeks, triggered by a series of small earthquakes below the volcano.

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  • Volcanic Eruption Indonesia: Sileri Crater at Dieng Plateau

    Volcanic Eruption Indonesia: Sileri Crater at Dieng Plateau

    The Sileri Crater at Dieng Plateau, a popular tourist destination in Indonesia's Central Java province, erupted unexpectedly on Sunday (02/07), leading to dozens of injured people as well as panic among tourists and local residents. The area is now closed to all people, while authorities have been evacuating tourists and local residents.

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  • Volcano Eruption Indonesia: Searching for Missing Tourists

    Volcano Eruption Indonesia: Searching for Missing Tourists

    Reportedly 389 tourists are "missing", believed to be trapped in the area around Mount Rinjani in East Lombok. On Tuesday afternoon (27/09) the 3.7 kilometers high Mount Barujari, located close to Mount Rinjani, erupted. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said authorities are doing their best to locate these tourists, find out their condition and evacuate them. Indonesian authorities have already evacuated more than 1,000 people (mostly foreign and domestic tourists) from the area.

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  • Volcano Eruption Mount Raung Causes Shutdown Indonesian Airports

    Volcano Eruption Mount Raung Causes Shutdown Indonesian Airports

    In Indonesia, authorities temporarily closed down operations at five airports, including international airport Ngurah Rai in Denpasar on Indonesia’s tourist hotspot Bali. This decision was made due to the eruption of Mount Raung (located in East Java). The volcano’s level of activity has increased over the past seven days and is now spewing ash and debris high into the air, jeopardizing the safety of air passengers. Due to the shutdown of the five airports, it is estimated that thousands of travelers have been affected.

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  • Manufacturing Expansion of Indonesia Slips due to Natural Disasters

    Manufacturing Expansion of Indonesia Slips due to Natural Disasters

    Indonesia's February 2014 HSBC manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI), which measures the performance of the country's manufacturing industry, slipped to 50.5 from 51.0 in the previous month, thus indicating slowing growth (a reading above 50 indicates expansion in manufacturing activity, while a reading below 50 indicates contraction). Despite continued strong export orders, domestic demand weakened amid massive floods and volcanic eruptions at the start of the year.

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  • Damages due to Indonesia's Natural Disasters Estimated at USD $855 Million

    Damages due to Indonesia's Natural Disasters Estimated at USD $855 Million

    Indonesia has been hit by a number of severe natural disasters in the first two months of 2014. The volcanic eruptions of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra (which started late last year but still continues today although having become less active) and Mount Kelud in East Java led to a total of 20 casualties, hundreds of thousands of evacuees and damaged infrastructure and crops. Moreover, due to torrential rains amid a peak of the rainy season, severe floods ravaged a number of Indonesian regions and cities (particularly Jakarta and Manado).

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Latest Columns Volcanoes

  • Eruption Mount Kelud Volcano Causes Chaos in Central and East Java

    Eruption Mount Kelud Volcano Causes Chaos in Central and East Java

    After the Mount Sinabung volcano (located in North Sumatra) has been erupting continously since September 2013 leading to 17 casualties and tens of thousands of evacuees, another Indonesian volcano - Mount Kelud (in East Java) - erupted around 22:50 West Indonesian Time on Thursday evening (13/02). Only hours prior to the eruption, the alert status of Mount Kelud was raised by the National Volcanology Agency. There have been six confirmed deaths. Volcanic ash and rocks have been thrown over a wide distance.

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