Indonesia diverts all flights around the Anak Krakatoa volcano by ash cloud

Indonesia diverted Thursday all flights around the Anak Krakatoa volcano, a splinter of Krakatoa volcano, which is erupting between the islands of Java and Sumatra, due to the ash columns, days after it caused a tsunami that ended with the life of 430 people.

“All flights have been diverted due to ash from the Krakatoa volcano on red alert,” the government air traffic control agency AirNav said in a statement.

The authorities have raised the alert level of the volcano to the second highest on Thursday, which establishes the exclusion zone at 5 kilometers around the island.

The clouds of smoke and ash from the volcano Anak Krakatoa, a splinter from the Krakatoa volcano, have left the volcanic island almost submerged in the darkness, in which a powerful eruption under the sea caused a sudden sea level rise on December 22nd. a tsunami that washed the coast of the Sunda Strait, which separates the islands of Java and Sumatra.

The Indonesian meteorological agency (BMKG) has reported that bad weather conditions could cause more instability in the crater of the volcano and has called the population away from the coast.

The latest tsunami balance provided by the Indonesian authorities is 430 dead, some 1,500 injured, 21,000 evacuated and 159 missing.

The government has declared a state of emergency until January 4, in an attempt to facilitate the deployment of means and the distribution of humanitarian aid to the affected communities, as explained by the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency of Indonesia ( BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Since Wednesday night, a thin layer of volcanic ash has been settling on buildings, vehicles and vegetation along the west coast of Java, according to images shared by the national disaster mitigation agency.

The authorities have indicated that the ash is not dangerous but they have advised the residents to wear masks and goggles when they are outside.