Bali volcano blows disrupting flights

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Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas have cancelled flights in and out of Bali after Mount Agung volcano erupts for a second time.

Mount Agung emits smoke and ash from its crater as seen from Tulamben, Bali on Tuesday of this week.

30 p.m. local time (1130 GMT), spreading ash 1,500 meters to the sky, higher than that at the first eruption on November 21 of 700 meters, spokesman of national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"We will continue to see eruptions like this on similar scales, but we can not predict when Mount Agung will really erupt", said Suantika.

The latest activity created a bigger ash cloud than the initial episode on Tuesday, officials said.

J. A. Barata, a spokesman for Indonesia's Transportation Ministry, said flights in and out of Bali remained "normal".

"Tactical guidance for departure and arrival aircraft has been applied". This hasn't endangered any flights, ' he said.

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However, several worldwide flights were to have been canceled and rerouted on Saturday night as a result of the eruption, according to Bali's Ngurah Rai global Airport website.

"As a result we have cancelled flights to and from Bali this evening".

The Australian government advises all Australian tourists in Bali to monitor local media, follow instructions from local authorities and ensure they have travel insurance.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire and has 127 active volcanoes - more than any other country.

"We will continue to see eruptions like this one at scales similar, but we cannot predict when mount Agung is really going to erupt", said to AFP Mr. Suantika. But in recent weeks, volcanic activity on Agung had been slowing, with authorities lowering the alert status to the third highest classification and the number of evacuees living in shelters decreasing to roughly 30,000 people.

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island - which is now at its highest alert level - has been active since 2013.

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