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Bali volcano erupts, covers nearby resorts in ash

27 November 2017, 01:02 | Colleen Roy

Mount Agung erupts for the second time

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Authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people from 224 points on the Indonesian island of Bali this weekend after the eruption of Mount Agung, which spewed enormous clouds of potentially life-threatening ash into the atmosphere, CNN reported.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the ash column from Mount Agung rose 1500m following an eruption at about 5:30pm on Saturday.

However, according to Phys.org, while scientists believe Mount Agung will continue to smoke for up to a month or more, a similar eruption is not considered particularly likely now.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the volcano's alert status remains at the second-highest level.

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.

The island's main airport is for now operating normally, but some airlines have cancelled flights.

"Mount Agung has erupted 18 times and we are used to such a condition", he said, while still urging people to prepare backpacks containing masks, flashlights, jackets and glasses.




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

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.

Mount Agung on Indonesia's resort island of Bali belched smoke as high as 1,500 meters above its summit sparking an exodus from settlements near the mountain.

According to the Volcanic Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) system, winds carried the ash in an eastern and southeastern direction.

The eruptions on Saturday and Tuesday were relatively minor.

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.

At Ngurah Rai, Bali's main airport, flight cancellations stranded roughly 7,000 domestic and global passengers, according to the airport's latest report.



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