Indonesian Volcano Eruptions Continue

By Arnab Ghosh, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

MOUNT MERAPI, INDONESIA ( The incessant eruptions of Mount Merapi the active Indonesian Volcano has kept the government in the country on tenterhooks and it has also compelled a number of international airlines operating around the region to suspend their flight operations. The airlines that have been affected by the volcanic eruptions include Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, Malaysia airlines and Japan Airlines. However, the calamity is not going to affect the trip of US president Barack Obama to Indonesia as it has been reported. He is slated to arrive at the disaster shaken country on Tuesday. For him the country is special since he lived there with his mother when he was a child for a few years.

The Indonesian volcano is active and has been erupting thick plumes of ash and magma for the last few days. The activity of the volcano has prompted the residents of Yogyakarta leaving it in a hurry. The Indonesian authorities declared the airspace to be safe though the possibility of volcanic ash remaining in the air can not be ruled out totally. A Malaysia Airlines spokesperson said that “the volcanic ash presence in the airways surrounding Jakarta could cause severe damage to our aircraft and engines”. Despite the volcanic eruptions the US president has not decided to stall his visit to Indonesia as the White house has said.

US President Barack Obama is slated to discuss on cooperation between the two nations with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his counterpart from Indonesia. The US president will also visit the University of Indonesia and deliver a lecture there. The experts however are keeping a close tab on the Indonesian volcano.

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