Flights disrupted as Bali volcano spews ash

A view of the Mount Agung volcano erupting at sunrise in Karangasem Bali island Indonesia Sunday Nov. 26 2017. A volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali erupted for the second time in a week on Saturday disrupting international flights even

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.

Hengki added that his party asks passengers to update the contact number or e-mail address listed on the ticket, so that the Garuda Indonesia can contact the passengers in case there is a change in flight schedule.

Most recently, the 3,142-metre volcano spewed grey smoke and ash as high as 700 metres Tuesday, and again Saturday to twice that height, before beginning to emit lava Sunday.

The first eruption came around 5:30 p.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET) Saturday, Bali's Regional Disaster Management Agency said.

According to the BBC, increased volcanic activity this year sparked fears of an imminent full-scale eruption involving magma flows, costing "at least $110m in tourism and productivity during the major evacuation".

"It may take about a month for an explosive eruption to occur", Suantika said.

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Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the volcano's alert status remains at the second-highest level. "Seismic activity is characterized by low frequency earthquakes".

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.

Despite the raised alert status, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in the provincial capital of Denpasar was still operating as normal, an airport official said.

The pulverised rock contained in volcanic ash can cause significant damage to jet engines, but airlines have different criteria about how close to ash clouds their planes can operate. "It is safe", said Israwadi. Government officials are insistent that the island remains safe for now outside of the area immediately surrounding Mount Agung. Around 25,000 people have been evacuated from the "danger zone" on the slopes of Agung to hundreds of refuge shelters.

"As a result we have cancelled flights to and from Bali this evening".