The Kelut eruption of 13 February 2014
Eruption of mount Kelut: SO2 (left) and
absorbing aerosol index from GOME-2 (METOP-B) on 14 February 2014. Click
for larger image.
The eruption of Kelut (also known as Kelud) on the island of Java has
produced a large ash and sulphur dioxide (SO2) cloud that has
been tracked by polar orbiting satellite instruments (IASI and GOME-2
onboard MetOp-A and MetOp-B, OMI on Aura, and AIRS on Aqua). The ash has
reached cruise altitude of commercial air traffic and higher and thus poses significant
hazard to aviation. Three airports on Java have been closed and air routes
from Australia to Singapore, Bangkok and beyond have been affected.
ESA and its partners remain vigilant and provide
satellite notifications to the relevant authorities through its SACS
system, hosted at BIRA-IASB.