Flights back on schedule, day after volcano on Bali erupts

JAKARTA • A volcano erupted on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, causing some overnight flight cancellations to and from Australia as an ash cloud rose into the sky, officials said yesterday.

Mount Agung volcano spewed out lava and showers of rocks over a distance of about 3km on Friday, with ash falling over dozens of villages, officials said. There were no reports of casualties.

Flights run by Qantas Airways, JetStar and Virgin Airlines were operating normally yesterday.

The authorities had 50,000 masks available as a precaution though the alert level on the volcano remained unchanged and there had been no evacuations.

Photographs of Agung overnight showed an ash column and glowing lava in the crater of the volcano, which rises majestically over eastern Bali at a height of just over 3,000m.

In late 2017, the authorities raised the alert level on Agung after a spike in activity, triggering evacuations and travel chaos at the time.

The alert level has since been lowered, but the rumbling Agung has erupted intermittently since then, occasionally disrupting flights.

A major eruption in 1963 killed more than 1,000 people and razed several villages in Bali.

Bali, famous for its surf, beaches and temples, attracts some five million visitors a year.

REUTERS

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