Bali volcano spews smoke for second time this week

Laura Christensen
November 27, 2017

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said ash clouds were moving away from the global airport, which remained open, The Guardian reported.

According to CNN, the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency estimates the cloud was at least 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) tall, though the Australian Bureau of Meteorology later estimated a height of 7,600 meters (2,9430 feet). However it warned that the movement of ash cloud is highly unpredictable and flights could still be cancelled at short notice.

Satellite imagery Sunday showed the volcanic ash drifting east and southeastward towards Lombok Island.

The Mount Agung volcano on Bali erupted with greater force Sunday, prompting some airlines to cancel flights to and from the popular resort island and forcing an worldwide airport on a nearby resort island to close, according to local officials.

Evacuation zones, reaching up to 7.5 kilometers from the crater, have been put into place, and about 24,000 residents have been forced to temporary shelters. Last night, twenty flights were cancelled, most of m from Australia, and this Sunday low-priced airline AirAsia has cancelled anor 32 flights to and from Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok. The twelve departures affected include from Bali to Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne by Jetstar, to Brisbane by Virgin Airlines, and two to Sydney and one to Amsterdam by KLM.

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Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an area of tectonic plates that frequently collide, causing seismic and volcanic activity.

Bali is a major tourist hub.

The volcano also erupted last Saturday, with ash going up 1,500m. During that period, eruptions lasted nearly a year and caused more than 1,100 dead.

Mount Agung's alert status was raised to the highest in September following a dramatic increase in tremors from the volcano, which doubled the exclusion zone around the crater and prompted more than 140,000 people to leave the area.

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