Volcano erupts in Bali; Indonesia shuts airport, 100,000 left stranded Volcano erupts in Bali; Indonesia shuts airport, 100,000 residents left stranded GES 2017: Volcano erupts in Bali; Indonesia shuts airport, 100,000 left stranded on Business Standard. Volcano erupts in Bali; Indonesia shuts airport, 100,000 residents left stranded.
International News : Indonesia’s transportation ministry said on Tuesday it will extend the closure of Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport for a further 24 hours because of ash from the eruption of the island’s Mount Agung volcano. A report from local aviation navigation authorities showed that “aircraft flight channels are covered with volcanic ash” the ministry said in a statement. Bali airport, about 60 km (37 miles) from the volcano, will be closed until 7 a.m. local time on November 29, it 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 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 and razed several villages by hurling out pyroclastic material, hot ash, lava and lahar. On Tuesday, life continued largely as normal in villages surrounding Agung, with residents setting up traditional markets and offering prayers as the volcano continued to spew tall columns of ash and smoke from its crater. Click to Know → Volcano Eruption in Bali