MET Dept: Volcanic Ash From Indonesia's Mount Sinabung To Enter Malaysian Airspace

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MET Dept: Volcanic Ash From Indonesia's Mount Sinabung To Enter Malaysian Airspace

Clouds of smoke and ash.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MET Malaysia) has cautioned that the volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung, Sumatera may enter Malaysia on Monday night (10 August). 

Via a statement, the department said that the eruption in Indonesia had occurred at 10.37am earlier on Monday.

According to DW News, this was the second eruption involving Mount Sinabung since Saturday. 

The latest eruption sent ash and other volcanic materials as high as 5,000 meters into the sky.


Expected to enter Malaysia

"The volcanic smoke is expected to enter the country's airspace north of the Straits of Melaka which will include the states in the north and east of Peninsular Malaysia starting tonight (10 August)," said MET Department director-general Jailan Simon.

The affected states include Perak, Kedah, Perlis, Penang, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.

Jailan, however, said that based on the HYSPLIT trajectory model generated by MET Malaysia and the forecast from the Darwin Regional Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) in Australia, the public need not worry as it is not expected to affect air quality in Malaysia.


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"No traces of earthquakes and tsunamis are expected to hit our country due to the volcanic eruption. The current API readings throughout the country show normal air quality readings (good and moderate)," said Jailan in the statement. 

He added that the public are advised to always be aware of information released by the MET Department via their website, MyCuaca app and social media accounts. 

So, in short, ash is on the way, flights may be affected, but residents need not worry for now.

We hope that the situation does not worsen in Indonesia. 

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