Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Volcano closes Indonesian airport

Villagers watch Mount Bromo spewing volcanic material as seen from Ngadisari village in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia (AP)
Villagers watch Mount Bromo spewing volcanic material as seen from Ngadisari village in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia (AP)

A smoking volcano on Indonesia's main island of Java has forced an airport to close.

Mount Bromo, one of Java's most popular tourist attractions, came back to life last week after a year-long lull, unleashing a powerful blast of volcanic debris but causing no injuries or serious damage.

Volcanologists warned, however, that a bigger eruption may be on the way.

Officials shut down the airport in Malang, a town 15 miles from the volcano, for five days.

Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago of 235 million, has more active volcanoes than any other country in the world.

Villagers often climb the 7,641ft mountain to leave offerings at the peak.

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