Volcano Mount Sangeang Api on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa quite literally blew its top Friday and further eruptions have followed.
As a huge plume of volcanic ash fills the air there are echoes of an Icelandic volcano that erupted and caused travel chaos in 2010. On 21st March 2010, a dormant Icelandic Volcano began to stir after laying dormant for 200 years and ripped apart a field of ice. Lava was spewed way into the air near the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in the south of the island.
Travel chaos in Europe hit mainstream news headlines and in the end it took a re-think by flight safety agencies to get flights back in the air.
The plume of volcanic ash from Mount Sangeang Api is already reaching six to 10 miles into the air making commercial flights unsafe. Safety officers must surely adhere to the guidelines which are put in place for obvious reasons.
Flights in parts of Indonesia and northern Australia are affected and Darwin International Airport is currently closed to all inbound and outbound flights.
The bad news is that flight disruption could last four days but the good news is that it is only expected to ast four days. While the disruption will be a pain to travellers, airlines and travel companies it could be mish worse.
In Europe in 2010 the travel delays lasted for more than one month.
Three separate ash plumes from Mount Sangeang Apiare are already affecting different areas. According to the Sydney Morning Herald "The first ash cloud, between 20,000 and 50,000 feet high and up to 15km across, was tracking south-easterly over central Australia on Saturday night at about 100 knots but dissipating quickly. A second cloud at about 45,000 feet was over Darwin and moving east at about 60 knots. The third ash cloud, north-east of Bali, is not expected to enter Australian airspace".
Could four days of disruption be optimistic?
Sydney Morning Herald