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

Agung also had a minor eruption on Tuesday but authorities have not raised its alert status from the second highest, which would widen the exclusion area and prompt a large evacuation of people.

The flights of about 5,000 passengers were cancelled on Sunday and another 2,500 holidaymakers could not get in because their planes were rerouted or never took off.

Worldwide airlines including Jetstar and Qantas have cancelled flights to and from the popular tourist destination.

"Following an eruption of the Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, it is not now safe to operate flights around Denpasar Airport", the airline said in a statement.

A spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency said the ash cloud was not affecting Denpasar's flight paths and stated that it was still safe to fly in and out of the airport.

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. Government officials are insistent that the island remains safe for now outside of the area immediately surrounding Mount Agung.

The ash cloud is said to be moving eastward from Bali towards the island of Lombok, and the main worldwide airport there has been closed entirely.


Bali is a popular tourist destination for many in the region, with thousands traveling to the island for end of year celebrations.

Many returned home after the volcano's activity waned, but fresh smoke has sparked a further exodus and around 25,000 people have been evacuated to more than 200 temporary shelters.

The alert status remains at level 3, the second-highest level.

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

The volcano's last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.


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