Tuesday, 15 October 2019 | 06:48 WIB

Gamarmalamo Airport Closed after Mount Dukono Erupts

Gamarmalamo Airport Closed after Mount Dukono Erupts (antaranews)

HALMAHERA, NETRALNEWS.COM -- Gamarmalamo Galela Airport, North Halmahera (Halut), North Maluku (Malut) is still temporarily closed for flights due to the eruption of Mount Dukono, which is spewing volcanic ash.

"Gamarmalamo Airport is not yet operational, because the volcanic ash of Mount Dokuno is very dangerous for flight activities," said Head of Gamarmalamo Galela Airport, Ahmad Saifudin on Ternate, Tuesday (06/25/2019).

Previous flights were delayed on Friday and Sunday, even until Tuesday (6/25) it had not been opened.

According to Ahmad Saifudin, the decision to close the airport was due to volcanic ash still being detected. Until now it has not been known for sure when the airport will reopen.

This closure is also to ensure the safety of passengers on the Galela-Manado route and vice versa.

Meanwhile, Head of the Volcano Observation Post Dukono Iwan Amat when confirmed said, until Monday afternoon around 3:45 a.m. WIT Dukono still emitted smoke accompanied by volcanic ash which leads to the North (Luari, Mamuya), East (Wari, Tobelo and surroundings, UPA and WKO), Northeast (Ruko, Mede, Popilo, Gorua) and Northwest (Galela / Soasio and its surroundings, Soakonora and surroundings, Dokulamo / Gamarmalamo Galela Airport) with 500 meters of dust.

"Conclusion is the level of activity of Gunung Dukono alert level II, so we also issued a PVMBG recommendation so that there is no community activity / visitors within a 2 km radius of the Malumpang Warirang Crater," he said.

Previously, on August 8, 2016, Gamarmalamo Galela Airport was closed due to the rain of volcanic ash from Mount Dokuno.

"If it is still raining, volcanic ash can be extended, depending on the situation," he said.

Gamarmalamo Galela Airport is landed by Wings Air aircraft which opens the Manado-Galela flight route and vice versa with a one-week departure schedule four times, namely on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Mount Dukono in North Halmahera emits volcanic ash as high as 600-900 meters from the crater, Monday at 13.00 Indonesian eastern time, with earthquake tremor activity, according to Antara.