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Indonesian Volcano Roars To Life

Some international airlines are resuming flights over Bali after Mount Agung, an active volcano, sent giant plumes of ash and steam into the night air on Saturday.

Posted: Nov. 26, 2017 1:59 PM
Updated: Nov. 26, 2017 2:43 PM

Some international airlines are resuming flights over Bali after Mount Agung, an active volcano, sent giant plumes of ash and steam into the night air on Saturday.

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Several airlines including Quantas, Virgin and Air Asia canceled or diverted flights from the dangerous ash clouds. Now, the airline Jetstar says its pilots believe conditions have improved enough for a safe flight.

The volcano has had multiple small erruptions throughout the past week. Despite the volcano activities disrupting international flights, authorities say the island is safe.

This morning the ash began to spread to villages with an ash column rising almost a mile into the air following an eruption that began around 5:30 P.M. and has continued for several hours.

Villages close to the volcano were coated ina thin layer of ash.


Government volcanologist, Gede Suantika, said a red-yellow light visible in ash above the mountain was the reflection of lava in the crater. Suantika said Agung could spew ash for at least a month but did not expect a major eruption.

The volcano's last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people. Indonesia sits on the "Pacific Ring of Fire" and has more than 120 active volcanoes.

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