Ash Cloud II

The Sequel We All Feared

The eruption of Mount Merapi in Indonesia, which occurred a few weeks ago, is beginning to show those familiar signs experienced as a result of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland earlier in the year. While plenty of damage has been done to the locals on the island Java, it appears headaches will be coming back very soon, but this time for Indonesia’s economy.

Flight cancellations have a rippling effect upon the tourism industry as we’ve seen countless times for various reasons in this year alone. The deaths that were suffered as a result of the eruptions are of course the biggest tragedy to come from the disaster, but it appears that the Indonesian economy is also going to endure some losses.

We all know how the story goes, volcano erupts and ash cloud causes a major aviation hazard preventing flights in the area. Airlines cancelled flights all through the weekend heading in and out of Jakarta, though this week things have began to pick up. This has been very important as US president Barack Obama was due in town and was very keen to visit having postponed his arrival twice already.

With conditions gradually getting better it appears that Mount Merapi won’t cause as much damage to air travel as Eyjafjallajokull, but at the same time Eyjafjallajokull was nowhere near a fatal as what happened to the people living on the island of Java.

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