Indonesia's Mount Agung Erupts For Second Time In A Week Grounding Flights

Flight boards show all flights at Bali’s Denpasar airport have been cancelled on Monday due to volcanic ash

Per NPR, volcanologist Gede Suantika told Reuters "The activity of Mount Agung has entered the magmatic eruption phase, it is still spewing ash at the moment, but we need to monitor and be cautious over the possibility of a strong, explosive eruption".

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

This is the highest aviation warning when a volcanic eruption is underway with a significant amount of ash in the atmosphere. The eruption caused volcanic ash to fall on nearby villages, forcing residents to flee to the southern part of the island.

Bali is a major tourist destination, although the main resorts of Kuta and Seminyak are about 70km from the volcano. The twelve departures affected include from Bali to Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne by Jetstar, to Brisbane by Virgin Airlines, and two to Sydney and one to Amsterdam by KLM.

Even if visibility is clear, volcanic ash can damage an airplane's engine.

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

Some 445 flights in and out of Bali were cancelled on Monday due to volcanic ash from Mount Agung
Some 445 flights in and out of Bali were cancelled on Monday due to volcanic ash from Mount Agung

"Ash coud moving to west-southwest".

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

Indonesia's Mount Agung has erupted for the second time this week leaving thousands of passengers flying in and out of Bali stranded. Government officials are insistent that the island remains safe for now outside of the area immediately surrounding Mount Agung. There hasn't been an increase in seismic activity, he said.

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.

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

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