Mount Merapi blows plumes of smoke and ash. Photo: via Bernama

Red alert for flights issued

JAKARTA: Indonesian volcano Mount Merapi erupted on Sunday, spewing a column of ash by up to six km high to the sky, and the highest level of flight alert was issued, Xinhua news agency reported according to the National Volcanology Agency.

The wind was blowing to the west of the crater and the residents living near the volcano which is situated in Indonesia’s main Java Island are barred from entering the area within a radius of three km from the crater, the agency said in a statement.

A volcano observatory notice for aviation with red code was issued by the agency after the eruption as it endangers planes which are prohibited from passing through the air space around the volcano.

The 2.930-metre high Mount Merapi last erupted on April 2 with a column of ash spreading by up to three km to the sky. – Bernama