Bali airport reopens as volcano rumbles

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Indonesia closed the main airport on the resort island of Bali as volcanic eruptions sent ash shooting more than 8,000 feet into the sky, the latest closure over the past year at the country's second-busiest airport.

The worldwide airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened Friday afternoon after a almost 12-hour closure due to a volcanic ash threat that disrupted travel plans for thousands.

Mount Agung volcano erupts during the night, as seen from Datah village, Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia on June 29, 2018.

Ash cloud Mount Agung produces can pose a threat to aircraft flying in the area. Its alert level has not been raised and an exclusion zone around the crater remains at 4 kilometres.

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Denpasar airport's online flight information board showed Australian airlines Virgin Australia and Qantas had also cancelled flights to and from the island.

However, it said, several flights remained as scheduled until further notice.

"Denpasar Airport is now closed and we are monitoring the advice from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center and our team of senior pilots and meteorologists will make an assessment when flights can be resumed", said the statement.

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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Operations at Bali's airport were disrupted for more than a week in early December, stranding thousands of visitors before winds changed to blow the smoke away and the volcano calmed down.

An earlier flight on AirAsia was called off before the airport was shuttered early Friday morning.

Agung, about 70 kilometers northeast of Bali's tourist hotspot of Kuta, last had a major eruption in 1963, killing about 1100 people.

Flights were canceled for 24 hours and stranded 59,000 domestic and worldwide passengers.

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