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Dec 19, 2014

04:53:20 GMT--Volcano Eruption - Indonesian archipelago - Indonesia

EDIS Number: VE-20141219-46374-IDN

Date / time: 19/12/2014 04:51:00 [UTC]

Event: Volcano Eruption

Area: Indonesian archipelago

Country: Indonesia

State/County: Maluku Islands

Location: [Mount Gamalama Volcano]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Mount Gamalama in North Maluku province of Indonesia erupted Thursday night, forcing the authorities to close an airport and issue warnings to planes, officials said here on Friday. The volcano located near Ternate city spewed a column of ash to the sky, Nia Hairani, an official from the national volcanology agency, told Xinhua by phone. An evacuation zone of 3.5 km has been ordered, Hairani said. In spite of no order of evacuation so far, the communities living in the slope of the volcano are asked to be alert on the flows of the rivers, whose upstreams are near the volcano, for possible danger of cool lava, Amirruddin, a senior official from the disaster management agency in North Maluku province, said. "The communities are ordered to be on alert of possible cool lava flowing in rivers as rain is frequent in recent days," he told Xinhua by phone on Friday from the province. The ash of the volcano has disturbed flights and the Indonesian transport ministry closed the airport in Ternate city on Friday and warned planes to avoid the routes around the erupting volcano, J.A. Barata, a spokesman of the Indonesian transport ministry, said. "Sultan Babullah airport is temporarily closed from 09:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. local time, and the warning to planes is also issued at 09:00 a.m. and will be in place until 12:00 a.m." he told Xinhua by phone. The measures would be reviewed after they expire and the officials would decide on whether to extend them or not, said Barata. Last year, Mount Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi erupted, spewing a column of ash that disturbed flights from and to Australia. To monitor the eruption and seismic activity of the volcano, Hairini said that a task force team from the headquarters of the agency has been deployed to the slope of Mount Gamalama.

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