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Ash blankets villages, flights cancelled after Bali volcano erupts

27 November, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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The eruption caused volcanic ash to fall on nearby villages, forcing residents to flee to the southern part of the island.

It is the second major emission from the Indonesian island volcano this week, and flights have been disrupted.

An airport on the neighboring island of Lombok was forced to close as the ash cloud spread eastward, according to the Associated Press. Its main airport is for now operating normally, but some airlines have cancelled flights since volcanic activity was first noticed in September.

"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.

GettyBalinese people look at Mount Agung during an eruption seen from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 26.

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.

Mount Agung
YOUTUBEMount Agung emitted a thick plume of smoke reaching 4,000m

Even if visibility is clear, volcanic ash can damage an airplane's engine. Around 25,000 people have been evacuated from the "danger zone" on the slopes of Agung to hundreds of refuge shelters.

"At 6.20am (local time), the eruption reached between 3,000 and 4,000m from the summit with the ash moving in a southeast direction at a speed of 18km an hour", said the National Disaster Mitigation Agency's spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho in a statement on Sunday morning.

"There has not been an increase in seismic and volcanic activity after the (Tuesday) eruption and until this afternoon".

According to official estimates, the holiday island has already lost at least £83m in tourism and productivity due to the major evacuation.

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

The mountain's last major eruption occurred in 1963, killing more than 1,000 people.




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