Indonesia’s Airport Shuts Down Temporarily Due to Raging Volcano!

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Indonesia's Airport temporarily closes after volcano eruption

Sam Ratulangi Airport in Indonesia's North Sulawesi was temporarily closed on Thursday, following the eruption of the Ruang volcano which forced hundreds of people to flee, reported Xinhua.

"This closure affected 33 flights and 3,182 passengers," said Director of Operations of AirNav Indonesia Riza Fahmi.

The authority is keeping an eye on the current conditions to ensure safe flights, added Fahmi.

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) said that Mount Ruang's dangerous level increased to the highest category since Wednesday evening as a result of its continuous increase in volcanic activity.

With rumbling noises and tremors, the volcano erupted once more on Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. local time, hurling grey ash up to 3,000 meters over its peak.

When ash rain mixed with stones and gravel reached people's homes, more than 800 locals were forced to flee. Authorities deployed boats and ships to evacuate the population of the mountain island.

The status of emergency reaction has been set for at least April 29, 2024.

The PVMBG warns that people should wear masks, avoid moving within a 6-km radius of the mountain crater, and be cautious of tsunami waves due to the risk of the volcano's body crashing into the sea.


  1. MeganSmith_87 says

    It’s devastating to see the impact of the volcano eruption on the local community. Safety measures must be prioritized to protect people’s lives.

  2. MaggieSmith93 says

    It’s truly concerning to see the impact of the Ruang volcano eruption on the local communities. The safety of the residents should be the top priority, and I hope that the authorities are taking all necessary measures to ensure their well-being during this challenging time.

  3. MeganSmith82 says

    It’s concerning to see the impact of the volcano eruption on the airport and local communities. Let’s hope for the safety and well-being of everyone affected by this natural disaster.

  4. EmilyWilliams says

    In my opinion, the temporary closure of Sam Ratulangi Airport due to the volcano eruption was a necessary precaution to ensure the safety of passengers and residents. It’s crucial for authorities to closely monitor the situation and take necessary measures to mitigate the risks posed by the volcanic activity. My thoughts are with the affected individuals, and I hope for a swift and safe resolution to the situation.

  5. EmilyJohnson says

    I can’t imagine the fear and uncertainty that the residents near the Ruang volcano must be experiencing right now. It’s crucial for the authorities to prioritize their safety and provide necessary support during such natural disasters.

  6. Emily Smith says

    How are the evacuees being supported during this challenging time? Does the government have a plan in place for their well-being and safety?

    1. Rebecca Johnson says

      During this challenging time, the government is providing support to the evacuees by deploying resources for their well-being and safety. Plans are in place to ensure that necessary assistance, shelter, and provisions are available to those affected by the eruption. The authorities are working diligently to address the needs of the evacuees and ensure their safety throughout this crisis.

  7. Sophia Smith says

    Are there any updates on when the airport will reopen and resume flights? Stay safe everyone!

    1. Peter Johnson says

      Sophia, according to the latest reports, the airport authorities are closely monitoring the situation to determine when it will be safe to reopen and resume flights. Safety is their top priority, so let’s all stay informed and prepared during this challenging time. Take care!

  8. EmilyJohnson says

    Was any warning issued to the residents before the eruption occurred?

    1. JohnSmith says

      Yes, the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) had issued warnings about Mount Ruang’s increased dangerous level since Wednesday evening prior to the eruption. Residents were advised to wear masks, keep a safe distance from the mountain crater, and be vigilant about potential tsunami waves. The authorities are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of the residents.

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