Mount Agung erupts for the second time

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.

"Tourism in Bali is still safe, except in the danger (zone) around Mount Agung", the agency said in a statement. These airlines resumed Bali flights on Sunday morning, according to Reuters.

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

"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.

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

The airport authority is preparing for the worst-case scenario - a total closure caused by a shifting ash cloud, Herson said.

The volcano first erupted on Tuesday, sending clouds of ash as high as 13,000ft (4000m) above the summit and bathing the mountain in an orange glow.

The emissions are the second this week alone igniting warnings from experts that a more powerful eruption is imminent
The emissions are the second this week alone igniting warnings from experts that a more powerful eruption is imminent

Bali is Indonesia's top tourist destination and its gentle Hindu culture, surf beaches and lush green interior attract about 5 million visitors a year.

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".

Several thousand people were affected by Saturday's flight cancellations. Garuda Indonesia flights from and to the city of Lombok will be served again after the volcanic ash spread from Mount Agung eases and returns in normal situation.

While many have since returned, more than 25,000 people remain evacuated in over 200 temporary shelters.

Mount Agung's alert status was raised to the highest in September following a dramatic increase in tremors from the volcano, which doubled the exclusion zone around the crater and prompted more than 140,000 people to leave the area.

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


  • Tracy Klein