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Three Indonesia airports reopen after volcano eruption

Published on Feb 15, 2014 12:44 PM
Indonesian airport personnel inspect volcanic ash covered planes and the airport of Yogyakarta, about 200km west of the Mount Kelud volcano in East Java province, following its eruption on Feb 14, 2014. Officials said three airports in Indonesia reopened on Feb 15 while four others remained closed. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Three airports in Indonesia reopened on Saturday while four others remained closed, officials said, after a volcanic eruption killed three people and forced mass evacuations.

Mount Kelud, considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the main island of Java, spewed red-hot ash and rocks high into the air late Thursday night just hours after its alert status was raised.

"The airport in Malang city in East Java province, and Cilacap and Semarang cities in Central Java province have reopened. There's no problem flying there now. We are now evaluating the status of other airports," Transport Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said.

Seven airports - including those serving international flights in Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Solo and Bandung - were forced to close on Friday due to thick ash that blanketed eastern Javanese cities.

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