Mount Agung eruption alert: Bali airport closed, people told to evacuate

The alert for a Bali volcano has been raised to the highest level and the island’s airport has been closed and people have been ordered to evacuate who are within 10km (six miles). Mount Agung erupted on Saturday evening and three times early Sunday, lighting its cone with an orange glow and sending ash 4,000 metres into the atmosphere.

The national board for disaster management said Bali’s international airport had closed for 24 hours and authorities would consider reopening it on Tuesday after evaluating the situation. Potentially deadly pyroclastic flows, a briefly cooler climate and flight disruptions are on the cards
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About 25,000 people living near the mountain have already left their homes and evacuated since Mount Agung first started to spew smoke on Tuesday.

“Continuous ash puffs are sometimes accompanied by explosive eruptions accompanied by a weak sound of boom,” the national board for disaster management wrote on Facebook. “The rays of fire are increasingly observed at night. This indicates the potential for a larger eruption is imminent.”

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