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Monday, 27 November 2017 - 10:33
Indonesian volcano alert widened
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Indonesian authorities have raised the alert for a Bali volcano to the highest level, closed the island’s airport and ordered people within 10km to evacuate.
 
Mount Agung erupted on Saturday evening and three times early Sunday, lighting its cone with an orange glow and sending ash 4,000 meters into the atmosphere.
 
The national board for disaster management said Bali’s international airport had closed for 24 hours and authorities would consider reopening it on Tuesday after evaluating the situation.
 
About 25,000 people living near the mountain have already left their homes and evacuated since Mount Agung first started to spew smoke on Tuesday.
 
“Continuous ash puffs are sometimes accompanied by explosive eruptions accompanied by a weak sound of boom,” the national board for disaster management wrote on Facebook. “The rays of fire are increasingly observed at night. This indicates the potential for a larger eruption is imminent.”

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