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BerichtOnderwerp: 1 Hiker Missing, 9 Injured After Mount Gamalama Erupts   vr 19 dec 2014 - 19:57

The Jakarta Globe, Dec 19, 2014

Jakarta. One hiker is missing and nine have been injured after Mount Gamalama in Ternate, North Maluku, erupted on Thursday, sending thick plumes of volcanic ash across the island.

The volcano erupted about 10 p.m. local time on Thursday, spewing ash and smoke hundreds of meters into the air, and blanketing dozens of villages on Ternate. The island’s main airport, Sultan Babullah Airport, was forced to close this morning due to poor visibility.

Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Thursday said nine hikers, who were on the flanks of the volcano when it erupted, were injured while trying to run to safety.

“The hikers were injured when they were trying to save themselves from the eruption,” said BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, as quoted by

Four hikers with serious injuries are being treated in Ternate hospital, Sutopo said. The five others, who suffered light injures, have returned home.

A search and rescue team of about 80 people was deployed to search for one hiker still missing.

“The victim missing was one of the hikers who were climbing Mount Gamalama since Wednesday,” Sutopo said.

Several flights to and from Sultan Babullah Airport have been canceled today and the airport remains closed.

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