Indonesia shuts down Bali airport as Agung volcano erupts

30 June, 2018, 02:29 | Author: Regina Lloyd
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The global airport at Indonesia's Bali island was reopened on Friday, after authorities closed it due to a volcanic eruption the previous day, AFP reported.

Bali's Government Tourism Office said at 7am local time on Friday (12am BST) people living 60 to 70 kilometres away from the summit in South Bali faced no immediate threat. The Mount Agung volcano has shot ash 2,000 meters into the atmosphere, disrupting the travel plans of thousands as several airlines canceled flights from the Indonesian tourist island.

Four of the airline's Friday flights, including two services delayed from Thursday night, have been cancelled.

Mount Agung, in northeastern Bali, has erupted with various intensities since late previous year and in December the airport was also closed for a period and thousands of residents were evacuated closer to the volcano.

Indonesia's second-busiest airport will stay shut until at least 7pm local time on Friday, with 85 worldwide flights and 191 domestic flights cancelled, affecting almost 16,000 people, airport authorities said.

Agung's last major eruption in 1963 killed around 1,600 people.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the disaster mitigation agency said activity was going on deep under the volcano.




"I was very upset when I got to the airport and it was closed".

Talking more about the Volcano eruption, the regional volcanic ash advisory centre in Australia's Darwin said that in the coming days winds could carry the ash southwest toward Java which is popularly known for Indonesia's most densely island.

Anxious passengers thronged Bali's airport, waiting for news about their flights.

Eruptions lasted for nearly a year, with the volcano falling silent again until September 2017 when several hundred earthquakes struck locally. "Please do not manually re-book your flights", says Jetstar.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 250 million people, sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Agung's alert level has not been raised and an exclusion zone around the crater remains at 4km.

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