Close watch still on Mount Agung

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DEN­PASAR, In­done­sia: The air­port on In­done­sia’s hol­i­day is­land of Bali re­opened on Fri­day af­ter ash from a vol­cano forced a brief clo­sure and the can­cel­la­tion of more than 300 flights.

Mount Agung in north-east­ern Bali has been rum­bling to life in­ter­mit­tently since late last year and it be­gan belch­ing smoke and ash again on Thurs­day.

It was shoot­ing a col­umn of ash more than 2 500m into the sky yes­ter­day and of­fi­cials said op­er­a­tions at In­done­sia’s sec­ond-busiest air­port would be re­viewed ev­ery few hours.

Ear­lier, au­thor­i­ties were forced to can­cel 115 in­ter­na­tional flights and 203 do­mes­tic ones, af­fect­ing nearly 27 000 trav­ellers.

“We’re mon­i­tor­ing the erup­tion,” said Is­rawadi, a spokesper­son for air­port op­er­a­tors. “The air­port could be closed again if the erup­tion af­fects flight safety.” – Reuters

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