Bali volcano spews smoke for second time this week

27 November, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the volcano's alert status remains at the second-highest level.

However, he said some airlines chose to cancel flights between Bali and Australia following the latest volcanic activity. Virgin Airlines cancelled several flights between the island and Australia.

"Following an eruption of the Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, it is not now safe to operate flights around Denpasar Airport", the airline said in a statement.

The blasts have caused ash to fly more than 2,000 meters into the air, the National Disaster Management Agency in Indonesia reported, with ash plume reaching an altitude of 7,600 meters by late Saturday.

"Ash coud moving to west-southwest".

On Saturday, four airlines chose to ground at least 16 of their flights because of the increasing activity of the volcano in the afternoon. Officials said that magma has now reached its surface.

Authorities warned anyone still in the exclusion zone around the volcano, which extends 7.5 kilometres (4.5 miles) from the crater in places, to leave.

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About 25,000 people have been unable to return to their homes since September, when Agung showed signs of activity for the first time in more than half a century.

Bali is a popular tourist destination, known for its seaside resorts and sandy beaches.

Indonesia has more active volcanoes than any other country, including some of the world's most famous, such as: Krakatau (Krakatoa), Tambora, and Merapi.

The Mt. Agung volcano, which towers over eastern Bali at a height of just over 3,000 meters (9,800 feet), is about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the island's main tourist areas of Kuta and Seminyak.

There are fears the volcano could erupt for the first time since 1963, when almost 1,600 people died.

On Oct 29, the centre lowered the volcano's alert level by one notch after it was raised to 4 on Sept 22 in response to the most intense volcanic activity recorded in 53 years.

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