Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Bali volcano live: Updates as Mount Agung eruption remains at highest alert level while tourist flights across the island resume

ELLA WILLS 1 hour ago
The Evening Standard
The tower of ash rising from the erupting volcano has dissipated into a plume of steam REUTERS

The tower of ash rising up from Bali's erupting Mount Agung volcano has dissipated into a wisp of steam as many flights have resumed across the island.

Most of Bali is said to be safe for tourists, but Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said on Monday that the volcano remains at its highest alert level.

The exclusion zone around the volcano still extends 10 kilometres from the crater and more than 55,000 people are living in shelters.

Airlines Jetstar and Virgin Australia, which cancelled flights over the weekend, resumed services on Monday.

However, even after the ash cloud shrank dramatically, China's aviation authority suspended all flights from the holiday island until the volcanic ash cleared, according to reports.

According to media reports, the Indonesian national board for disaster management said the volcano remained at its highest alert level but most of Bali was safe for tourists.

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