Erupting Bali volcano blankets popular tourist island with ash, disrupts flights

Bali volcano live webcam: Watch Mount Agung ERUPT as tourist hotspot issues 'RED WARNING'
Mount Agung erupts for the second time
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27 November, 2017

Meanwhile, Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency said that "tourism in Bali is still safe, except in the danger (zone) around Mount Agung", referring to an area that extends to a radius of up to 7.5 km (4.7 miles) from the summit, the BBC reported.

The National Agency for Disaster Management issued a Level 3 alert, recommending no public activities within 6 to 7.5 kilometers (3.5 to 4.5 miles) from the peak. It is still gushing and the dark grey clouds are moving toward the neighbouring island of Lombok, a direction that is away from Bali's airport, where almost all scheduled domestic and global flights were continuing Sunday.

Hengki Heriandono, acting corporate secretary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, earlier said the airline cancelled all of its 18 flights to and from Lombok.

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

The airport authority is preparing for the worst-case scenario - a total closure caused by a shifting ash cloud, Herson said.

Emergency authorities have handed out eerie masks to local residents and tourists trapped on the island as fears grow about an imminent major eruption.

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

The aviation alert status for Bali has been lifted from "orange" to "red" but the airport will remain open until volcanic dust impacts the airport.

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.

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

Indonesia sits on the "Pacific Ring of Fire" and has more than 120 active volcanoes. The alert was lowered on October 29 after a decrease in activity.


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