Indonesia: Volcanic activity causes panic among tourists as ash grounds flights

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Volcanic activity from Mount Agung in Bali, Indonesia, is increasing and causing locals and tourists to want to flee. However, airlines have had to ground many flights due to the ash cloud that keeps heading towards Denpasar Airport making leaving the island difficult to say the least.

Airlines are also not flying into to Bali, like Virgin airlines, as they are also weighing the report by volcanologists of the potential for an explosive volcanic eruption.

Currently, Mount Agung is spewing lava also causing residents to have to decide to see how far the flow will go or flee. The government has ordered around 100,000 to evacuate, from residents to tourists in what is being called the danger zone, extending 6 miles out from the volcano.

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The alert level is at its highest and officials believe an eruption is imminent.

Malaysia island’s Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centre said in 1963 an eruption similar to the one anticipated forced large rocks, gas, and ash 5 miles up and 6 miles out in the span of 3 short minutes. One thousand people were killed.


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