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Indon volcano erupts, closing airport

dpadpa 3/08/2016

Mount Gamalama on the Indonesian island of Ternate has spewed volcanic ash 600 metres into the sky after an undersea earthquake.

A volcano has erupted on Indonesia's Ternate island, prompting authorities to close the airport there.

Mount Gamalama spewed ash 600 metres into the sky after an undersea earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, said Sutopo Nugroho on Wednesday, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.

"The Babullah airport is blanketed by volcanic ash and has been closed until 10 am Thursday," Sutopo said.

The alert status for the 1,715-metre volcano remained at one notch above normal despite the latest activity, he said.

Ternate is an island in the Maluku Islands of eastern Indonesia.

A volcanic eruption on the resort island of Lombok on Monday resulted in the temporary closure the international airport there and cancelled flights from Australia to nearby Bali.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, which is noted for seismic activity and volcanic eruptions. The Indonesian archipelago is home to 127 active volcanoes.

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