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Indonesia: volcano erupts near Bandung city

The disaster mitigation agency said the tourism spot had been closed and the alert status of the volcano was being evaluated. (Photo: BNPB Indonesia/Twitter). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

Pan Pacific Agency | COMMUICATION AGENCY FOR PACIFICA REGIONS

JAKARTA, Jul 27, 2019, VNA. A volcano erupted near Indonesia’s third-biggest city of Bandung on July 26, sending ash several hundred metres into the air and triggering warnings for people to stay away, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

Broadcasters showed footage of cars and motorbikes driving away from Tangkuban Parahu on roads covered by ash.

The disaster mitigation agency said the tourism spot had been closed and the alert status of the volcano was being evaluated.

The volcano is about 30km north of Bandung, the capital of West Java province.

Indonesia is on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire and has scores of active volcanoes, sometimes posing a threat to life and disrupting air travel, particularly on the most heavily populated islands like Java and Bali.

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