Aus flights to Bali grounded as Mt Agung erupts again

Bali's Mount Agung Erupts For Second Time This Week

A rumbling volcano on the Indonesian resort island of Bali spewed smoke hundreds of metres into the air on Saturday, officials said, just days after thousands were forced to flee over fears it would erupt.

KLM, Qantas, AirAsia, and Virgin were among the airlines that canceled flights, which included travel to Australia, the Netherlands and Malaysia. Three flights that were en route to Bali have returned to Australia'.

"Tourism in Bali is still safe, except in the danger [zone] around Mount Agung", Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement.

Authorities raised the alert to the highest level and ordered the evacuation of people living within a 12-kilometer radius around Mount Agung, forcing some 130,000 residents to leave their homes in September and October.

The Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre said that the volcanic ash cloud was up to 25,000ft and moving south.

Bali's airport is operating normally, but some airlines have cancelled their flights.

Camera IconA volunteer puts a mask on a woman due to ash in the air from Mt. Agung volcano.

It was considered minor, as was an earlier eruption on Tuesday.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said ash clouds were moving to the southwest, away from the island's global airport, which remained open.

'There has not been an increase in seismic and volcanic acivity after the first eruption and until this afternoon'.

People living within 7.5km (4.5 miles) of the mountain have been told to evacuate, senior volcanologist Gede Suantika said.

About 29,000 evacuees are now living in shelters - that's far less than the 150,000 people who fled their homes last month in fear the volcano would erupt.

Authorities have kept Mt Aung's emergency status at level 3.

There are 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a belt of seismic activity running around the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

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