Indonesia raises alert level to highest stage, airport closed leaving thousands stranded
Indonesia has raised the alert for Bali’s Mount Agung volcano to the highest level of four on Monday and asked residents to immediately evacuate areas near the summit, warning of the “imminent” risk of a larger eruption.
Flights were diverted from the island’s airport following the warning and the presence of volcanic ash from the erupting Agung.
“Continuing plumes of smoke are occasionally accompanied by explosive eruptions and the sound of weak blasts that can be heard up to 12 km (seven miles) from the peak,” the Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said in a statement. “Rays of fire are increasingly visible from night to the following day.This indicates the potential for a larger eruption is imminent,” it said.