Indonesian volcano eruption forces flight cancellations into and out of country

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BALI, INDONESIA – Remember the movie Krakatoa, East of Java? Good movie, bad geography.

That’s because the volcano Krakatoa is west of Java.

But there is another volcano in east Java that’s causing problems for people wanting to get in and out of Indonesia.

It’s Mount Raung and it’s been rumbling and grumbling for several weeks.

It really caught fire this week when it blasted ash and debris more than two miles into the air.

Indonesian authorities are telling people not to get closer than a couple of miles because of the amount of lava and ash falling out of the sky.

The volcano is also about 95 miles from Bali’s international airport.

The eruption forced authorities to close that airport and four others until they determine the volcano’s ash poses no threat to planes.

The cancellations of all incoming and outgoing flights stranded thousands of travelers, particularly those on the resort island of Bali. There’s never a good time to cancel all flights in a country, and especially now as Indonesian Muslims head to their home towns and villages to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Mount Sinagung, another Indonesian volcano, has been putting on a show for a couple of months.

You’d think local travelers would be used to all this by now.