THE Mount Agung volcano on the island of Bali in Indonesia has erupted for the first time in more than half a century, forcing the closure of the Indonesian island’s busy airport.More than 400 flights were cancelled Monday and nearly 60,000 travellers have been stranded as huge plums of thick, dark ash spews high into the sky – here’s the full lowdown on what is going on.The Bali volcano has erupted for a second time sending a plume of volcanic ash and steam over 6000 metres into the skies.Indonesia has issued a red aviation warning, with Lombok airport closed and scores of flights cancelled.Regional authorities heightened flight warnings on Sunday as ash covered the surroundings and a red glow of what appeared to be magma was seen overnight.It is believed the activity of Mount Agung has entered the magmatic eruption phase, where it is spewing ash and there is a possibility of another explosive eruption.Virgin Australia cancelled all flights to and from Bali as a precautionary measure until conditions stabilise.Indonesia’s disaster agency has said Bali is “still safe” for tourists apart from a 7.5 kilometre (4.7 mile) zone around the volcano.Up to 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the… Read full this story
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