Volcano eruption leaves thousands stranded in Bali

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Hundreds of people have been forced to flee their homes and 16,000 passengers have seen flights cancelled after a volcano erupted in Indonesia.

The eruption of Mount Agung on the island of Bali spewed ash 8,200ft into the air, grounding 276 flights in and out of Ngurah Rai airport.

People living in villages below have fled to evacuation centres.

A local guide and foreign tourists take pictures of Mount Agung volcano erupting from Amed, Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia on June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo  Volcano eruption leaves thousands stranded in Bali skynews volcano indonesia bali 4348614
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Hundreds have been forced to flee

“Micro tremors are still being detected… indicating that magma is moving towards the surface,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the disaster mitigation agency said.

He said 309 residents living in a danger area 2.5 miles from the crater had voluntarily gone to three evacuation centres on Friday.

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The eruption spewed ash 8,200 ft into the air

Hundreds of passengers were queuing near the terminal of the airport to get updates from airlines, while some slept on the floor next to their baggage.

“I was very upset when I got to the airport and it was closed. My stuff has been sitting on the ground for 24 hours, and don’t have any accommodation,” Australian traveller Caitlin Bigg said.

Travellers check their flights at Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar, Bali which is closed on June 29, 2018 after a pilot report detected volcanic ash as high as 23,000 feet following Mount Agung's eruption. - Bali closed its international airport following a volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island that sent thick smoke and ash billowing 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) into the air, an official said. (Photo by GEDE ARDIASA / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEDE ARDIASA/AFP/Getty Images)  Volcano eruption leaves thousands stranded in Bali skynews indoensia bali volcano 4348612
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Some people had to sleep on the floor

Briton Ross Webb said he may have to extend his stay.

“I imagine a lot of people are frustrated trying to get home and so I’m just going to head back to Bali, extend my stay a bit, and see what happens.”

Indonesia is home to around 130 volcanoes due to its position in the highly active ring of fire – a belt of tectonic plate boundaries in the Pacific Ocean which is vulnerable to frequent seismic activity.



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