Volcanic ash from Indonesia will not reach Malaysian skies

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018

PETALING JAYA: The volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung in Indonesia is not expected to be blown to Malaysian skies but the situation will be monitored, says a source from the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

In terms of aviation safety, it was the task of the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre to monitor the location and movement of clouds of volcanic ash for areas covering countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines.

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra Island erupted on Monday, sending clouds of volcanic ash as high as 7km into the air, its biggest eruption this year.

Reuters reported that following the eruption, Indonesia also upgraded its Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation to red, its highest warning.

The 2,460m-tall Mount Sinabung is among Indonesia’s most active volcanoes.

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