Sangeang Api Volcano in Major Eruption Friday with 65K-Foot Plume Affecting Australia

Sangeang Api erupts in Indonesia Friday, May 30, 2014.

After a major eruption on May 30, 2014 at 3:55 p.m. local time, the Sangeang Api volcano sent a distinctive flying saucer-like white ring of pyroclastic smoke high into the air with an enormous plume. Pilots in the area reported seeing the cloud rising to 65,000 feet, spreading over a 25 mile area.

Flights to Bali were cancelled Saturday night after a huge volcanic ash cloud from the Sangeang Api volcano shut down Darwin International Airport on Saturday. The enormous cloud moved into West Australia and caused the grounding of planes at East Kimberley Regional Airport.

Sangeang Api is known to have erupted 19 times from 1512 until May 2014. The most recent eruption before May 2014 was 1988/1989.


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