Saturday, November 6, 2010

Airlines Cancel Some Jakarta Flights to Avoid Volcanic Ash

Passengers enter a terminal as an information screen shows cancelled international flights at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, 06 Nov 2010
Photo: AP

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International airlines canceled some flights into and out of Jakarta on Saturday because of ash spewing from the Mount Merapi volcano.

Airport authorities said up to 10 percent of the 1,200 flights at the Indonesian capital's airport were canceled. But they suggested the 11 carriers' cancellations were premature because ash from the erupting volcano more than 400 kilometers to the east had not reached Jakarta.

The volcano continued to rumble and groan on Saturday, at times spitting ash up to eight kilometers into the sky.  Merapi staged its most thunderous eruptions on Friday - blasts that volcano experts said were Merapi's biggest since the 1870s.

The death toll from 12 days of eruptions has now reached at least 128.



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