Mount Agung: Bali volcano activity prompts ‘red warning’
Large plumes of ash are spewing from Mount Agung
It is the second major emission from the Indonesian island volcano this week, and flights have been disrupted.
Authorities have begun distributing masks in some areas as ash falls.
The island’s main airport is for now operating normally, but some airlines have cancelled flights. Volcanic ash can damage plane engines.
However, the ash cloud is said to be moving eastward towards the island of Lombok, and the main international airport there has been closed entirely.
“Tourism in Bali is still safe, except in the danger (zone) around Mount Agung,” the agency said in a statement.
It told people within a 7.5km exclusion zone to “immediately evacuate” in an “orderly and calm manner”.
Magma – molten rock – has now been detected close to the volcano‘s surface, said officials and volcanologists.
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Passengers waiting at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport on Saturday
Most of the islanders outside the immediate exclusion zone were ordered to return home at the end of September, and the mountain has been intermittently rumbling since.
Media captionEvacuees from near Mount Agung brought their birds, chickens and dogs with them in September
According to official estimates, the holiday island lost at least $110m (£83m) in tourism and productivity during the major evacuation.
It is home to more than 130 active volcanoes. The last time Mount Agung erupted, in 1963, more than 1,000 people died.
Media captionSurvivors of the 1963 eruption on the last time Mount Agung erupted
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