Indonesian Volcano Erupts-Pictures

Mount Sinabung in Sumatra. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

On Sunday, Mount Sinabung on the north of Sumatra island erupted; and on Monday it erupted again.

The volcano was inactive for four centuries or four hundred years; since 1600.

It shot ash 2 km or 1.5 miles into the air.

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials into the sky in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010. The volcano that had been dormant for more than four centuries erupted for the second day in a row Monday, spewing out towering clouds of ash and forcing the evacuation of more than 21,000 people. (AP Photo/Roone Patikawa)

The eruption triggered the highest red volcano alert.

About 21,000 people left their houses because it is very dangerous to be near a volcano if it erupts.

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic smoke in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. The volcano spewed hot lava and sand high into the sky early Sunday in its first eruption in 400 years causing thousands of people living around its slope to evacuate their homes. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Hot lava and burning rocks from the volcano can burn houses, trees and everything on its way down the volcano.

Volcanic ash covered trees, plants, houses and everything in the area.

People leaving the area were also covered by ash.

Some flight to Medan and Sibolga were delayed.

Indonesia in on the Pacific Ring Of Fire.

In April, 2010 the volcanic ash from Eyjafilljallajokull glacier in Iceland closed airspace and airports all over Europe and thousands and thousands of passengers were stranded all over the world.

I wonder if Malaysian airspace and airport will be closed if the volcanic ash problems get worse …

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Mount Sinabung volcano erupts. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Mount Sinabung volcano erupts. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Volcanic ash from Mont Sinabung in Indonesia. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

A Volcano Erupts In Indonesia

FILE - Debris from the Mount Karangetang volcano lies on the shoulder of the mountain in Siau, part of Indonesia's Sulawesi island chain , in this July 27, 2006 file photo. Surono, a disaster official, said Mount Karangetang spewed lava and hot ash hundreds of yards (meters) into the air on Friday Aug. 6, 2010. Mount Karangetang is located on Siau, part of the Sulawesi island chain. (AP Photo/Arter, File)

Mount Karangetang, a volcano in Siau, Sulawesi erupted on Friday.

Mount Karangetang is one of Indonesia’s most active volcano.

1,110 degree Fahrenheit (600 Celsius) clouds of gas and hot lava was spit out from the mountain.

Ash and hot lava destroyed houses and other buildings.

A bridge and road is badly damaged.

Four people were missing and feared dead.

Five others were hospitalized, one in critical condition.

The mountain last erupted in July 2006.

Volcano eruption is a natural disaster.

Latest List Of Airport And Airspace Status (2030 GMT Sunday)

The volcano under the Eyjafilljallajokull glacier is still erupting.

Please click here for photos of the eruption of the volcano under Eyjafilljallajokull glacier.

That means ash is still coming out from the volcano into the airspace.

The good news is the wind had blown away the ash from some airspace.

Some airspace and airport is now open!

The bad news is the ash is blown away to other airspace that was clear before.

Please click here for Latest List Of Airport And Airspace Status (2045 GMT Monday)

Here is a list from Reuters of European airspace status as of 2030 GMT on Sunday:

AUSTRIA – Airports expected to reopen 0400 GMT Monday.

BELGIUM – Airspace closed until at least 1800 GMT Sunday. Main airline, Brussels Airlines, has canceled all flights until Monday.

* BRITAIN – Airspace closed until at least 1800 GMT Monday. British Airways cancels all Monday flights.

BULGARIA – Sofia and Plovdiv airports open as of 1100 GMT Sunday. Other airports closed. Transit flights permitted at 8,000 meters altitude.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Airspace closed until at least 1000 GMT Monday.

DENMARK – Airspace closed until 1200 GMT Monday.

ESTONIA – Airspace closed until 1200 GMT Monday.

FINLAND – Airspace closed until at least 1500 GMT Monday.

FRANCE – Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse and several other southwest airports will remain open until at least 1300 GMT Monday. Airports north of Nice-Bordeaux line remain closed at least until Tuesday morning. Air France said a test flight from Paris to Toulouse on Sunday had ended without problems; tests continuing.

* GERMANY – International airports shut until 1200 GMT Monday. Temporary opening permission to Berlin’s Tegel and Schoenefeld airports to end at 2200 GMT.

HUNGARY – Airspace to remain closed until at least 1000 GMT Monday, although some flights at the discretion of traffic control may be allowed to take off or land.

IRELAND Airspace closed until at least 1200 GMT on Monday. Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, canceled all flights to and from northern Europe until at least mid-Wednesday. Aer Lingus canceled all flights Monday.

ITALY – Northern airspace to reopen from 0500 GMT Monday.

LATVIA – Airspace closed until 0600 GMT Monday.

LITHUANIA – Lithuania airspace is now open, Vilnius Airport said on its website on Sunday.

LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg airport closed until at least 1600 GMT Sunday.

* NETHERLANDS – Airspace shut until at least 0600 GMT Monday.

NORWAYMain airport, Oslo Gardermoen, opened for take-offs, but so far no landings, aviation authority Avinor told news channel TV 2. Airspace opened for some traffic north of Bergen, with some northern areas still closed.

POLAND – Six Polish airports, including Warsaw, reopened for commercial flights.

ROMANIAAirspace closed until at least 0900 GMT Monday.

RUSSIA – All airports open. Aeroflot is flying to the United States via the North Pole.

SLOVAKIA – Airspace closed as of 1300 GMT on Friday.

SLOVENIA – Airspace was opened around 1800 GMT Sunday and will stay open until at least 0400 GMT Monday, national news agency STA cited Traffic Ministry as saying. However, the ministry expects it to be closed again because of more ash reaching Slovenia around 0600 GMT, STA said.

SPAIN – The 17 airports closed on Sunday morning by the Spanish airport authorities now open.

SWEDEN – Airport authority has opened airspace north of 62 degrees latitude, about 250 km north of Stockholm. The rest remains closed into Monday. Scandinavian Airlines said most of its flights on April 18 and 19 had been canceled.

SWITZERLAND – Main carrier Swiss says canceled all European flights from and to Switzerland until Monday, 1800 GMT. Swiss also says canceled all intercontinental flights from Switzerland for all of Monday.

TURKEY – All airports open. Planes flying out of the Black Sea cities of Samsun, Sinop and Zonguldak have been advised not to fly higher than 20,000 feet.

UKRAINE – Kiev’s Borispol airport open.

Please click below for my other posts on this topic:

  1. Stranded Passengers At Airports in Europe-Photos
  2. Will European Airspace Be Opened on Monday?
  3. Volcano Eruption Closed Airports In Europe.
  4. Pictures Of The Volcano Under Eyjafijallajokull Glacier Eruption
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