Indonesia extends Bali airport closure due to Agung volcano eruption

A villager walks as Mount Agung volcano erupts inside background in Kubu, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia November 27, 2017.

Johannes P. Christo | Reuters

A villager walks as Mount Agung volcano erupts inside background in Kubu, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia November 27, 2017.

Indonesia’s transportation ministry said on Tuesday the item will extend the closure of Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport for a further 24 hours because of ash by the eruption of the island’s Mount Agung volcano.

A report by local aviation navigation authorities showed that will “aircraft flight channels are covered with volcanic ash” the ministry said in a statement.

Bali airport, about 60 km (37 miles) by the volcano, will be closed until 7 a.m. local time on November 29, the item said.

Ten alternative airports have been prepared for airlines to divert inbound flights, including in neighboring provinces.

A separate notice showed Lombok airport had been reopened, after an earlier closure overnight due to the eruption.

Agung rises majestically over eastern Bali to a height of just over 3,000 meters (9,800 feet).

On Monday, authorities ordered 100,000 residents living near the volcano to evacuate immediately, warning that will the first major eruption in 54 years could be “imminent.” An 8-10 km (5-6 miles) exclusion zone has been imposed around the summit.

Agung’s last eruption in 1963 killed more than 1,000 people as well as razed several villages by hurling out pyroclastic material, hot ash, lava as well as lahar.

On Tuesday, life continued largely as normal in villages surrounding Agung, with residents setting up traditional markets as well as offering prayers as the volcano continued to spew tall columns of ash as well as smoke by its crater.

Many residents evacuated in September when the alert was last raised to the highest level have returned to their homes as well as farms due to worries over their livelihood as well as livestock.

Indonesia’s Volcanology as well as Geological Disaster Mitigation Centre (PVMBG), which is usually using drones, satellite imagery as well as different equipment, said predictions were difficult inside absence of instrumental recordings by the last eruption 54 years ago.

the item warned that will if a similar eruption occurred, the item could send rocks bigger than fist-size up to 8 km (5 miles) by the summit as well as volcanic gas a distance of 10 km (6 miles) within three minutes.

Recordings today show the northeast area of Agung’s peak has swollen in recent weeks “indicating there is usually fairly strong pressure toward the surface”, PVMBG said.

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