Earth Science News  





.
SHAKE AND BLOW
Flights resume to Indonesia after volcano chaos

File image.
by Staff Writers
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 8, 2010
International flights to Indonesia's capital Jakarta returned to normal on Monday, officials said, a day ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama, after volcanic ash caused a weekend of travel chaos.

The eruption of Mount Merapi forced airlines to cancel eight flights on Sunday and 36 flights on Saturday, but officials said there would be no repeat of events in Iceland this year when a volcano disrupted transport across Europe.

"Everything has returned to normal today," Air Transport's Director General Herry Bakti told AFP, referring to flights in and out of Soekarno Hatta international airport in Jakarta.

Obama is scheduled to arrive in Jakarta on Tuesday for a highly anticipated -- and twice delayed -- visit and US Embassy spokesman Paul Belmont said the trip "will go ahead as planned".

Merapi lies 430 kilometres (270 miles) east of Jakarta but only 26 kilometres north of Yogyakarta, the historic capital of Central Java province, where the airport was closed for a fourth day on Monday.

The toll from a series of volcanic eruptions since October 26 rose to 135 on Sunday as bodies were pulled from the volcanic sludge that incinerated villages on Friday, Merapi's biggest eruption since the 1870s.

Friday's blow-out killed at least 91 people and destroyed villages up to 18 kilometres (12 miles) away.

Government vulcanologist Surono said gas and ash soared four kilometres into the air on Monday as the volcano, a sacred landmark in Javanese tradition, continued to heave and rumble.

"Merapi hasn't stopped erupting since November 3. It's been fluctuating but tends to be in the high intensity range," he said.

The Indonesian archipelago has dozens of active volcanoes and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the "ring of fire" from the Indian to the Pacific oceans.

The authorities are also dealing with the aftermath of a tsunami which smashed into villages on the remote Mentawai island chain on October 25, killing over 400 people.




Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest



Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
SHAKE AND BLOW
Volcanoes Have Shifted Asian Rainfall
New York NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2010
Scientists have long known that large volcanic explosions can affect the weather by spewing particles that block solar energy and cool the air. Some suspect that extended "volcanic winters" from gigantic blowups helped kill off dinosaurs and Neanderthals. In the summer following Indonesia's 1815 Tambora eruption, frost wrecked crops as far off as New England, and the 1991 blowout of the Ph ... read more

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  


SHAKE AND BLOW
Storm deaths, cholera heap more misery on Haiti

A catalogue of deadly disasters in Indonesia

UN warns of aid shortfall for Pakistan flood victims

UN raises winter funds alarm in flood-hit Pakistan

SHAKE AND BLOW
Amazon increases revenue split for newspapers, magazines

Moving Holograms: From Science Fiction To Reality

US e-book sales near one billion dollars in 2010: Forrester

Small Materials Poised For Big Impact In Construction

SHAKE AND BLOW
River Flows Across US Altered By Land And Water Management

Long-Range Undersea Robot Goes The Distance

Study: Tuna black market worth billions of dollars

Time For A Rain Dance

SHAKE AND BLOW
Russian Drifting Polar Station SP-38 Opens In Chukchi Sea

Increased Arctic Shipping Could Accelerate Climate Change

Is The Ice At The South Pole Melting

End Of Ice Age Holds Clues About Carbon Dioxide Patterns

SHAKE AND BLOW
China deal boosts Scottish whisky industry

Climate change hurting China's grain crop: report

Expanding Croplands Chipping Away At World's Carbon Stocks

Scientists Find That Evergreen Agriculture Boosts Crop Yields

SHAKE AND BLOW
Volcano travel chaos as ash grounds Indonesia flights

Flights resume to Indonesia after volcano chaos

Volcanoes Have Shifted Asian Rainfall

Storm-battered Haiti cleans up Tomas wreckage

SHAKE AND BLOW
Ethiopian housemaid trades broom for song stardom in Iraq

Zambia court bails Chinese pair after mine shooting

Tanzanians vote as ruling party predicts landslide win

Nani Croze - East Africa's answer to Gaudi

SHAKE AND BLOW
Brain Trumps Hand In Stone Age Tool Study

Oldest Ground-Edge Implement Discovered In Northern Australia

New Statistical Model Moves Human Evolution Back Three Million Years

Stone Age Humans Needed Bigger Brains For Better Tool Design


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement