Airlines have been issued a “red warning” about the danger of volcanic ash in the skies close to Bali after Mount Agung emitted a thick plume of smoke reaching 4,000m (13,123 feet) which has disrupted at least 28 flights departing and arriving at the resort island, a spokesman of Bali’s airport said.
Authorities have begun distributing masks in areas amid ash fall.
Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing nearly 1,600 people.
It continued to spew smoke and ash for the second time this week on Saturday considered a phreatic eruption by volcanologists.”This time the tremors and quakes caused by the volcano’s activities are significantly less than in September,” said head of Indonesia’s volcanology centre Kasbani, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.
Mount Agung is one of more than 120 active volcanoes extending the length of Indonesia, which straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire.