Indonesia reroutes all flights around erupting Anak Krakatau volcano

Authorities raised the volcano’s alert level to the second-highest on Thursday, imposing a 5-km exclusion zone.

FILE: Lava streams down from Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa) volcano during an eruption as seen from Rakata island in South Lampung on 19 July 2018. Picture: AFP

JAKARTA - Indonesia on Thursday rerouted all flights around the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano between Java and Sumatra islands, as it spewed columns of ash into the air, days after it triggered a deadly tsunami.

A crater collapse on the volcanic island at high tide on Saturday sent waves up to 5 meters high smashing into the coast on the Sunda Strait, killing more than 400 people.

“All flights are rerouted due to Krakatau volcano ash on red alert,” the government air-traffic control agency AirNav said in a release.

Authorities raised the volcano’s alert level to the second-highest on Thursday, imposing a 5-km exclusion zone.