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29 Dec 2018 | 03:03 AM UTC

Indonesia: Flights remain diverted due to ongoing volcanic eruption Dec. 29 /update 1

Indonesia News Alert

Highest aviation notice remains effective as of December 29 for ongoing Anak Krakatoa eruption in Sunda Strait; flight diversions expected to continue over near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/28/2018, 12:00 AM until 1/6/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jakarta). COUNTRY/REGION Indonesia, Anak Krakatoa

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The Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) alert level for Anak Krakatoa (Lampung province) remains at red, the highest of four levels, as of Saturday, December 29, due to an ongoing eruption since Sunday, December 23. According to Indonesian authorities, the volcano is producing an ash cloud extending at least 7340 m (23,480 ft) high that is moving to the northeast. Flights through the region continue to be diverted due to the ash plume. Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), approximately 134 km (83 mi) to the east, is not affected by the diversions.


Anak Krakatoa began a new phase of eruption on December 22, causing a tsunami in the Sunda Strait that killed at least 430 people. The volcano has continued to erupt; authorities issued a 5-km (3-mi) exclusion zone around the volcano and urged residents to take precautions to avoid ash inhalation.


Individuals in or traveling near the affected areas are advised to monitor developments to the situation and anticipate flight diversions and possible disruptions (e.g. delays and cancelations).


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