Merapi volcano (Central Java, Indonesia), update: ash threatens Jakarta airport, long haul flights cancelled
Saturday Nov 06, 2010 12:03 PM |
Strong eruptions continue at Merapi volcano, Indonesia. Violent explosions are audible tens of kilometers away from the summit. Magma is still rising inside the volcano and even more powerful explosions could occur. Ash from the explosions and from pyroclastic flows is forming a large plume reaching 10-20 km altitude and extending now over 300 km to the west. The ash threatens to reach the airspace of Jakarta airport soon, which promted Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Emirates and other airlines to suspend long-haul flights to Jakarta for the time being.
While the situation around Merapi remains chaotic, with an estimated 200,000 people being evacuated or fleeing their homes near the volcano, significant ashfall also causes major damage to life and infrastructure of the city of Yogyakarta itself.
The Indonesian government declared the eruption a national emergency, and announced $11 million (US) to compensate farmers who have lost their lifestock and have their crops destroyed.
Friday, Nov 05, 2010
The eruption of Merapi, now already the worst since at least 1872, is still increasing, and news are hard to keep up with: extremely large and dangerous pyroclastic flows occured yesterday and today, reaching up to 13-18 km distance. Tragically, more than 77 more people have been killed, bringing the total death toll to over 100 so far. ... [more]
Thursday, Nov 04, 2010
Violent explosions and pyroclastic flows continue at Merapi. According to news, 6 more people were killed in the eruption, bringing the death toll from the current eruption to at least 44 so far. The Darwin VAAC reports the ash plume reaching 39,000 ft (ca. 13 km) altitude extending 200 km to the west. ... [more]
Wednesday, Nov 03, 2010
The eruption of Merapi volcano seems to have produced its strongest explosion so far today this afternoon around 16-17h local time. According to satellite data from the Darwin VAAC, a large ash plume has been first detected at 09:47 UTC (=16h47 local time) reaching flight level 600, i.e. 60,000 ft or ca. 20 km altitude. ... [more]
Powerful explosions from the growing lava dome continue, shedding medium to large pyroclastic flows down its flanks. ... [more]
Monday, Nov 01, 2010
Strong ash exlosions and the growth of the lava dome continue at Merapi volcano. Yesterday and today, several medium-sized pyroclastic flows reached up to 4 km distance into the river canyons of Kali Gendol, Lamat, Senowo, and Krasak. Several thousands of inhabitants not yet evacuated are reported to have fled the area in panic. Two persons dies in a related road accident. [more]