Some 100,000 people have been told to evacuate the Bali Mount Aguing area immediately, after a warning by indonesian officials.
At present, 40,000 people have already been moved away from immediate area of the volcano, following last Tuesday’s eruption.
The exclusion zone around the volcano has been extended: previously, it was 7.5 km around the volcano, but this has now risen to up to 10km.
A spokesman for the indonestion National Board for Disaster, BNPB, said: “Watch out for lahar floods (cold lava) around Mt Agung.”
Flights to and from Bali have been cancelled or diverted after the volcano finally erupted, nearly two months after it first started showing signs of dangerous activity.
Airlines including Jetstar have announced they are cancelling flights in light of the developments. Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in total, eight international flights to Bali and 13 international flights departing from Bali on Saturday night were cancelled. He said about 2,000 people were stranded at the airport.
The nieghbouring airport of Lombok has been closed unitl at last 6am Monday (local time), due to ash clouds, an official at the airport has said.
The latest Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation alert said: “Eruption and ash emission is continuing.
“Best estimate of ash-cloud top is around 14,854 FT (4,642m) above sea level, may be higher than what can be observed clearly.
“Ash coud moving to west-southwest. Seismic activity is characterized by low frequency earthquakes.”
Jetstar Airways tok to Twitter to inform passengers of cancellations, and wrote: “Volcanic ash from #MountAgung disrupting #Bali flights – flights cancelled this evening; some of tomorrow’s flights delayed to allow for further assessment of flying conditions in the morning.
“We’ll contact affected customers directly via SMS & email to provide further updates.”
Jetstar today confirmed flights will be “operating to normal schedule tomorrow”, and they are adding an additional 787 Melbourne – Bali return service.
There are reports Qantas is also cancelling flights, although they have yet to confirm this.
Virgin Australia wrote in a statement on their website: “Virgin Australia is closely monitoring activity at Mt Agung in Bali following a second confirmed eruption. The Agung Volcano Observatory aviation colour code is currently orange.
“Due to the increased volcanic ash we have delayed our two flights from Denpasar this evening as a precaution and to allow us to assess flying conditions. Flights are planned to continue as normal, unless otherwise advised.
“We encourage guests booked via travel agents or third parties to ensure Virgin Australia has your mobile number, should we need to contact you in the event of any changes. Guests with flight are encouraged to check with their insurer about their individual circumstances.”
In a statement, Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency said: “Tourism in Bali is still safe, except in the danger (zone) around Mount Agung.
“There has not been an increase in seismic and volcanic acivity after the (Tuesday) eruption and until this afternoon.”
LIST OF CANCELLED FLIGHTS
Saturday, 25 November
- Jetstar JQ127 Adelaide – Bali
- Jetstar JQ128 Bali – Adelaide
- Jetstar JQ102 Townsville – Bali
- Jetstar JQ116 Perth – Bali
- Jetstar JQ37 Sydney – Bali
- Jetstar JQ38 Bali – Sydney
- Jetstar JQ35 Melbourne – Bali
- Jetstar JQ36 Bali – Melbourne
- Virgin VA36 Denpasar – Sydney
- Virgin VA34 Denpasar – Sydney (delayed)
Sunday 26 November
- Jetstar JQ101 Bali – Townsville
- Jetstar JQ117 Singapore – Bali
- Jetstar JQ117 Bali – Perth
- Virgin VA55 Port Headland – Denpasar
- Virgin VA35 Sydney – Denpasar
- Virgin VA43 Brisbane – Denpasar
- Virgin VA44 Denpasar – Brisbane
- Virgin VA36 Denpasar – Sydney
- Virgin VA46 Denpasar – Brisbane
Analysis by Lauren O’Callaghan, express