Bali volcano erupts, covers nearby resorts in ash

Glowing light from hot lava is seen during the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali Indonesia Nov. 27 2017.   
  Credit    Johannes P. Christo  Reuters
Glowing light from hot lava is seen during the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali Indonesia Nov. 27 2017. Credit Johannes P. Christo Reuters
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27 November, 2017

Airlines have issued a shock "red warning" about the impending danger of volcanic ash in the skies over Bali, following the second emission from Mount Agung this week. The aviation notice in the area was raised from orange to red following the eruptions, prompting the temporary closure of Lombok International Airport.

Bali is a popular tourist destination for many in the region, with thousands traveling to the island for end of year celebrations.

"Ash coud moving to west-southwest".

Authorities maintain the resort island remained safe, despite several airlines cancelling flights over safety concerns.

Hengki added that his party asks passengers to update the contact number or e-mail address listed on the ticket, so that the Garuda Indonesia can contact the passengers in case there is a change in flight schedule.

Since July, Agung has been discharging small amounts of volcanic gases after being inactive since 1964.

The Balinese volcano erupted in 1963 killing more than 1,000 people.

On Saturday, four airlines made a decision to ground at least 16 of their flights because of the increasing activity of the volcano in the afternoon.

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They were now magmatic eruptions, the agency said, which means lava has forced its way to the surface.

Last night, Mount Agung emitted a thick plume of smoke reaching 4,000m (13,100 feet), which has thrown airports into disarray and tourists into a panic.

Indonesia sits on the "Pacific Ring of Fire" and has more than 120 active volcanoes.

The danger zone around Agung was also reduced from a radius of 9 to 12km from the peak in different areas, to a radius of 6 to 7.5km.

Even if visibility is clear, volcanic ash can damage an airplane's engine.

AirAsia tweeted that all flights to and from Bali and Lombok were either cancelled or rescheduled.

Ayu Mas Sumantri, a top official of Karangasem Regency where the volcano is located, called on the people of Bali "not to be afraid and panic".

According to the Associated Press, the latest eruption on Mount Agung occurred around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency reported.


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