A volcanic eruption disrupts air traffic in northern Australia (video)
On 30 May 2014, Sangeang Api volcano (1949 meters), west of Timor, erupted and projected a thick ash cloud in the atmosphere, reaching up to 3000 meters altitude. The volcanic eruption triggered a "red alert" for air traffic between Indonesia and Northern Australia.
On 31 more, more flights operated by Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have been canceled from / to Darwin Airport, in the far north of the Australian continent. And the flights Garuda Indonesia they were canceled for security reasons in Bali. Clouds of fine volcanic particles can damage aircraft engines. Currently, Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have resumed flights to Darwin.
Currently, the ash cloud is heading for central Australia and the city of Alice Springs. It is a matter of hours or days until air traffic and other airports in Australia will be affected. Australian authorities have warned including the Brisbane airport in the east.
According to statements made by Australian Prime Minister Warren Truss, a return to normal air traffic could take several days and will depend on the wind direction.