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Flights not yet affected by Mt. Anak Krakatau eruption, authorities say

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 24, 2018   /   02:21 pm
Flights not yet affected by Mt. Anak Krakatau eruption, authorities say Anak Krakatau is seen from Japanese helicopter carrier Kaga in the Indian Ocean on Sept. 22. (Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Authorities say flights have not been affected by the eruption of Mount Anak Karakatau in the Sunda Strait, South Lampung regency, Lampung.  

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the volcano erupted over 44 times over the weekend,  with thick smoke billowing from the volcano’s crater at a height of 200 meters from the crater's peak.

The agency also recorded 253 incidences of seismic activity, prompting local authorities to warn tourists and residents to steer clear of the volcano and its surrounding areas. 

BMKG spokesperson Hary Djatmiko told The Jakarta Post that as of Monday morning, the volcano was still spewing volcanic ash into the air.

“Based on satellite imagery, the volcanic ash has reached 7,000 feet and is moving west to Sumatra island,” he said on Monday.

However, he has yet to receive reports of potential disruptions to flights.

Airlines have confirmed the statement.

Garuda Indonesia spokesperson Ikhsan Rosan said the airline’s flights, especially those bound for Sumatra, were operating normally.

AirAsia Indonesia spokesman Baskoro Adiwiyono said the airline's flights had also been operating normally, while the operator was monitoring Mount Anak Krakatau’s latest situation.

Lion Air Group spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro also ensured that all Lion Air flights on the Java-Sumatra route would fly on schedule.

“To ensure the safety of flights, we will obey the airport authority’s decision,” Danang said. (ris/swd)