Published: Mon, November 27, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Bali volcano spews smoke for second time this week

Bali volcano spews smoke for second time this week

Ash from the volcano reached some 4,900 feet in the air.

GettyBalinese Hindus take part in a ceremony, where they pray near Mount Agung in hope of preventing a volcanic eruption, in Muntig village of the Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 26.

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

Airlines have been issued a "red warning" about the danger of volcanic ash choking and shutting down plane engines as another eruption looks imminent.

Bali is a major tourist destination, although the main resorts of Kuta and Seminyak are about 70km from the volcano.

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.

Travellers to and from the region are being urged to contact their airline or travel agent to find out the status of their flight.

There is an exclusion zone around the volcano
JOHANNES CHRISTO REUTERS There is an exclusion zone around the volcano

Residents were evacuated from 224 points around the island while Lombok International Airport on Pulau Lombok, the island due east of Bali, has closed temporarily, said Ari Ahsan, spokesman for Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali.

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.

Magma - molten rock - has now been detected close to the volcano's surface, said officials and volcanologists.

While many have since returned, more than 25,000 people remain evacuated in over 200 temporary shelters.

But Suantika, head of volcanic mitigation at the centre, said the eruption was not - at least yet - a major explosive one, adding there have been "no increasing tectonic and volcanic tremor activities".

Most of the islanders outside the immediate exclusion zone were ordered to return home at the end of September, and the mountain has been intermittently rumbling since. "Seismic activity is characterized by low frequency earthquakes".

Indonesia has more active volcanoes than any other country, including some of the world's most famous, such as: Krakatau (Krakatoa), Tambora, and Merapi.

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