PUBLISHED: 10:45, Tue, Mar 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:05, Tue, Mar 3, 2020
A volcano in on the Indonesian island of Java has erupted, sending an ash cloud 20,000 feet into the air and rising panic in the region. Mount Merapi has since been placed on a Ring of Fire red alert, meanwhile, a nearby airport has put a halt to all flights.
Authorities reported the closure of nearby Solo airport at 9.25 am.
According to Indonesia's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) four flights had been affected.
Airlines that fly from the UK to Solo airport include NAM Air, Citilink, Lion Air, Etihad Airways, Indonesia AirAsia, AirAsia, Batik Air and Wings Air.
It is unknown if any of the affected flights this morning were from the UK.
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A volcano in Indonesia has erupted placing the country on high alert (Image: Getty Images)
The ash cloud has immersed the city (Image: Getty Images)
Authorities have not yet announced when the airport will reopen, however, the local disaster mitigation agency warned people to stay out of a 3-km exclusion zone around the mountain.
The volcano is neighboured by the cities of Solo and Yogyakarta
“Outside a 3-km radius it’s still safe,” Biwara Yuswantana, the head of Yogyakarta’s disaster mitigation agency, told Reuters. The city of Yogyakarta is situated 30 km from the volcano.
The eruption is the latest in a string of eruptions which began in 2018.
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