Mount Agung erupts for the second time

Lucy Bush
November 27, 2017

The alert level of the volcano remains at the second highest level, he added.

According to the Associated Press, the latest eruption on Mount Agung occurred around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency reported.

Satellite imagery Sunday showed the volcanic ash drifting east and southeastward towards Lombok Island.

Mount Agung on Indonesia's resort island of Bali belched smoke as high as 1,500 meters above its summit sparking an exodus from settlements near the mountain. Its main airport is for now operating normally, but some airlines have cancelled flights since volcanic activity was first noticed in September.

The emissions are the second this week alone igniting warnings from experts that a more powerful eruption is imminent
The emissions are the second this week alone igniting warnings from experts that a more powerful eruption is imminent

Qantas, Virgin and Dutch airline KLM soon followed Jetstar's lead in cancelling flights.

The volcano in eastern Bali erupted three times Saturday, and is expected to continue doing so.

It told people within a 7.5km exclusion zone to "immediately evacuate" in an "orderly and calm manner".

"All flights are back to normal", said Herson, head of the local airport authority, who uses one name.

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"There was concern the volcano was heading for a very major eruption, so far this is fairly minor, but could be worsening", AccuWeather Meteorologist David Samuhel said.

Under these circumstances, Garuda Indonesia enforces exemption policy for cancellation fee, rebooking/reroute fee, refund fee, administration fee and other ticket change fees for passengers who have scheduled flights to and from Lombok.

General view of Mount Agung during an eruption seen from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 26.

Some 25,000 people have been prevented from returning to their homes since the volcano awoke in September.

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Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

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