Mount Agung in Bali erupts

Flights into Bali continue and authorities urge locals to stay calm

The eruption of Bali's Mount Agung volcano overnight could cause flight disruptions if ash makes its way into the airspace.

Both Jetstar and Virgin Airlines have issued statements saying they will continue to monitor the situation.

Last time the volcano erupted in 1963 it continued to spew ash for a year.

"People are encouraged to remain calm".

More than 140,000 people evacuated the region around the volcano when it was on high alert, though authorities urged some to return home who had left areas not in the official danger zone.

The head of the volcano monitoring post at Mt Agung, I Dewa Made Mertayasa, said the eruption was a "phreatic explosion" and there was no reason yet to extend the evacuation zone around the volcano that is already at between 6 and 7.5 kilometres from its crater.

Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency said the eruption remained small so far but the volcano was emitting a thick grey ash cloud blowing to the east and south-east.

Flights into Bali continue and authorities urge locals to stay calm
Flights into Bali continue and authorities urge locals to stay calm

The island's aviation alert has been increased to orange as per procedure but the busy global airport remains open.

"Right now this is not a serious eruption but of course this can change", Dr Krippner tweeted.

The last eruption of mount Agung dates back to 1963 and was then made almost 1,600 people dead in total.

Almost 1600 people died when Agung last erupted in 1963, but officials said that the rumblings did not pose an immediate threat to those living in its shadow.

On Oct 29, the centre lowered the volcano's alert level by one notch after it had previously appeared to be on the brink of eruption.

Officials estimated concerns about an eruption over the past few months had cost Bali at least $110 million in lost tourism and productivity as many local residents moved to shelters.

As of yesterday afternoon, there were just under 30,000 evacuees staying at 278 shelters, the Indonesian authorities said.

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