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In Bali, a volcano spews smoke, new fears of eruption

In Bali, a volcano spews smoke, new fears of eruption”

The National Agency for Disaster Management issued a Level 3 alert, recommending no public activities within 6 to 7.5 kilometers (3.5 to 4.5 miles) from the peak. However it warned that the movement of ash cloud is highly unpredictable and flights could still be cancelled at short notice.

It is also affecting some flight paths to Denpasar and creating complications for air traffic controllers who are steering planes away from the ash.

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 global airport on a nearby resort island to close, according to local officials.

Bali is an important tourist centre and the worldwide airport of Denpasar, the capital of the island, is operating normally for the moment, even if some airlines chose to cancel their flights.

Saturday's eruption came just four days after a similar eruption occurred on Tuesday.

Bali is a major tourist hub.

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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".

Authorities have told people within a 7.5km exclusion zone to "immediately evacuate" in an "orderly and calm manner". These pyroclastic flows travelled east and south at over 60 km/hr, wiping out several villages and causing the death of over 1000 people.

There are fears the volcano could erupt for the first time since 1963, when almost 1,600 people died.

About 25,000 people have been unable to return to their homes since September, when Agung showed signs of activity for the first time in more than half a century.

Villagers carry their belongings during an evacuation following the eruption of Mount Agung, seen in the background, in Karangasem, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.

Indonesia sits on the "Pacific Ring of Fire" and has more than 120 active volcanoes.



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