Indonesia's Massive Volcano Eruption Closes Nearby Airport, Cancelled Flights

"This is the highest eruption for this year", he told Xinhua news agency. Ash from Mount Sinabung volcano covers a vehicle and street following an eruption in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on Feb, 19.

Indonesia was plunged into darkness on Monday as Mount Sinabung erupted and up to 30,000 residents were forced to flee the danger zone.

"The ash does not head to Medan city and compounds of Kualanamu worldwide airport", he added.

Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday.

Mt Sinabung is now one of three erupting volcanoes in Indonesia.

He said in a statement yesterday that his ministry had been monitoring the air quality data following several allegations and rumour that Mount Sinabung eruptions since Feb 19 had affected the air quality in Malaysia and also brought the flu virus into the country.

Mount Sinabung, on the island of Sumatra, erupted in 2010 for the first time in 400 years and has been regarded since as an active volcano.

Shocking footage from Imam Mahmudi shows children running from a school in the village of Karo in Indonesia as Mt Sinabung let out a huge ash cloud and shrouded villages into darkness.

(Antara Foto/ Surianto Sembiring via Reuters) Students clean their school yard from ash after Mount Sinabung volcano erupted on February 19 at Payung village in Karo, North Sumatra on February 20.

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