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Ash from Mount Agung Forces Bali Airport to Closed for Third Day

The international airport on the Indonesian island of Bali is closed for a third day due to an erupting volcano. Indonesian authorities to close Bali’s airport for a third day on Wednesday (Nov 29), as a threatened eruption stranded tourists and forced mass evacuations.

Bali’s Mount Agung erupting, as seen at night from the Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Nov 28, 2017. Photo: SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP

The Latest on a rumbling volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali (all times local): 7 a.m.

“The airport will remain closed until 7am on Nov 30… while evaluations on volcanic ash movement and wind directions will continue to be monitored every six hours,” Mr Ari Ahsan, the airport’s spokesman said in a statement early Wednesday (Nov 29).

He said Wednesday morning that volcanic ash has not been detected at the airport yet, but observations show it has reached an altitude of 25,000 feet and was being blown southward and southwestward toward the airport.

Tuesday’s closing affected more than 440 flights carrying more than 59,500 passengers.

“The Volcanic Ash Advisory shows that the plane routes have been covered by volcanic ash, this is dangerous for the flights,” Wisnu Darjono from the air traffic agency AirNav official said, referring to a global network of experts that supplies volcano-related information.

The airport on nearby Lombok island – also a popular tourist destination east of Bali – has opened and closed several times in the past few days. It is currently open but may yet be shuttered again, officials said.

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