Volcano on Indonesian Island of Bali Hurls Out Ash and Lava

Volcano on Indonesian Island of Bali Hurls Out Ash and Lava

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Mount Agung volcano erupts in Bali
Mount Agung volcano erupts in Bali, Indonesia, July 2, 2018 photo obtained from social media. @ MDSUANTARA/via REUTERS

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) 

A volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali erupted late on Monday, hurling lava and ash kilometres into the air and prompting panicked residents to flee their homes

Mount Agung in northeast Bali has been rumbling since late last year and on Friday there was a temporary closure of the island’s international airport, disrupting flights and stranding thousands of travellers.

 

Fire is seen on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano following an eruption as seen from Amed in Karangasem Regency
Fire is seen on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano following an eruption, as seen from Amed in Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

 

Indonesia’s national disaster mitigation agency said residents heard a loud explosion and saw flaming volcanic rocks thrown at least 2 km (1.2 miles) out of the crater. The eruption lasted for about seven minutes and photographs posted by the agency showed glowing lava streaming from the crater, setting fire to vegetation.

 

Villagers take care of their children at a shelter following a Mount Agung volcano eruption in Karangasem, Bali
Villagers take care of their children at a shelter following a Mount Agung volcano eruption in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia. Antara Foto/Nyoman Budhiana/ via REUTERS

 

“Residents have started evacuating voluntarily,” said Sutopo Nugroho, a spokesman for the agency, adding the airport remained operational and there was no change in the volcano’s alert status.The last time Agung staged a major eruption was in 1963, when more than 1,000 people died and several villages on its slopes were razed.

The airport on Bali reopened on Friday after ashhad forced a brief closure and the cancellation of more than 300 flights.

 

(Reporting by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Ed Davies and Andrew Roche)

 

 

Mount Agung volcano erupts during the night, as seen from Bugbug village in Karangasem regency in Bali, Indonesia
Mount Agung volcano erupts during the night, as seen from Bugbug village in Karangasem regency in Bali, Indonesia, July 2, 2018. Picture taken July 2, 2018. Andre Ardiansyah/Handout via REUTERS

 

Mount Agung volcano erupts during the night, as seen from Datah village, Karangasem Regency in Bali
Mount Agung volcano erupts during the night, as seen from Datah village, Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

 

Fire is seen on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano following an eruption as seen from Amed in Karangasem Regency, Bali
Fire is seen on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano following an eruption as seen from Amed in Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

 

Fire is seen on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano following an eruption as seen from Amed in Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Fire is seen on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano following an eruption as seen from Amed in Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

 

Fire is seen on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano following an eruption as seen from Amed in Karangasem Regency
Fire is seen on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano following an eruption as seen from Amed in Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

 

Evacuated villagers wait at a shelter after a Mount Agung volcano eruption at Pesangkan village in Karangasem Regency
Evacuated villagers wait at a shelter after a Mount Agung volcano eruption at Pesangkan village in Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia on July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

 

Mount Agung volcano erupts in Bali
Mount Agung volcano erupts in Bali, Indonesia.
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Mount Agung volcano erupts in Bali
Mount Agung volcano erupts in Bali, Indonesia.
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