3 Indonesian airports closed due to eruptions at 2 volcanoes

Gamalama mountain in eastern Indonesia erupted Thursday after months of quiet.

By: AP | Jakarta | Published:July 16, 2015 5:50 pm
In this image made from video, Mount Raung in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia, spews ash Friday, July 10, 2015. Ash spewing from a volcano on Indonesia's main island of Java has sparked chaos for holiday makers as airports close and international airlines cancel flights to tourist hotspot Bali, stranding thousands. (Photo via AP Video) TV OUT In this image made from video, Mount Raung in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia, spews ash Friday, July 10, 2015. Ash spewing from a volcano on Indonesia’s main island of Java has sparked chaos for holiday makers as airports close and international airlines cancel flights to tourist hotspot Bali, stranding thousands. (Photo via AP Video)

Eruptions at two volcanoes have caused closures at three Indonesian airports, including one serving the country’s second-largest city.

Mount Raung on the main island of Java blasted ash and debris up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the air after rumbling for several weeks. Gamalama mountain in eastern Indonesia erupted Thursday after months of quiet.

Transport Ministry spokesman Julius Adravida Barata said volcanic ash spewing from Raung blew close to the East Java cities of Surabaya and Malang, forcing Juanda International and Abdurrahman Saleh airports to close.

The ministry said Sultan Babullah airport in Ternate, North Maluku’s province capital, was closed after Gamalama sent volcanic ash as high as 1,500 meters (4,920 feet) into the sky.

Ash is hazardous to jet engines.

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