Residents on high alert and flights cancelled as volcano spews rocks and ash
After eight violent eruptions occurring just hours apart on Sunday 24th November, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency has called for the evacuations of more than 15,000 residents who live within a five-kilometer radius of Mount Sinabung. The 2,500-meter-tall volcano, located on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, has been increasingly active since September. The latest string of eruptions has sent rocks and huge columns of gray ash as high as eight kilometers into the sky.
Kuala Namu International Airport, located just outside of Medan and opposite Mount Sinabung, has seen many flights cancelled or delayed due to clouds of ash from Mount Sinabung, situated only 88 kilometers from the North Sumatra provincial capital of Medan
Domestic carrier Susi Air has halted all five of its daily flights from Kuala Namu, citing the dangerous plumes of hot ash that are blanketing the region. Malaysian carrier Air Asia has also delayed departures until further notice.