Mount Kerinci in Jambi erupted on Wednesday, spewing a column of ash about 800 meters into the air. (Photo courtesy of the PVMBG)

Mount Kerinci Erupts, Prompting Air Traffic Safety Warning

BY : TELLY NATHALIA

JULY 31, 2019

Jakarta. Mount Kerinci in Jambi erupted on Wednesday, spewing ash about 800 meters into the air, causing a potential hazard to aviation.

The volcano, which at 4,605 meters above sea level is the tallest on Sumatra Island, last erupted in 2009. The latest eruption occurred at 12.48 p.m. Western Indonesian Time, according to the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG).

The agency said the ash column, which was gray in color and of medium density, was moving towards the east and northeast.

"Residents living along the slopes of Mount Kerinci and visitors to the area are not permitted to conduct any activities within a 3-kilometer radius from the active crater," the PVMBG said in a statement.

"Flights around Mount Kerinci should be avoided due to the possibility of further eruptions, as high ash columns could affect aviation," it added.

There have been no reports of damage or casualties from the latest eruption.

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