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Flights cancelled as volcano erupts in Indonesia

IANS  |  Jakarta 

More than a dozen flights were cancelled on Indonesia's island of on Saturday due to an ash cloud emitted by a fresh eruption of volcano.

The eruption, which lasted four-and-a-half minutes, was accompanied by a loud rumbling and spread lava and incandescent rocks three km from the crater, said in a statement, reported news.

Flights to and from operated by Qantas Airways, Virgin Airlines and were cancelled, and a Jetstar flight between and Bali's capital Denpasar was diverted to Darwin in northern

The mountain's ash cloud dropped from a height of 4,000-5,000 meters (13,100-16,400 feet) to around 1,000 meters, the head of the airport authority, Elfi Amir, said in a statement. He added that passengers should not panic as contingency plans were in place.

A thick rain of ash and dust affected nine villages near the volcano, where a four-km radius exclusion zone remained in place.

Authorities issued an orange alert for aviation - the second-highest after the red alert - while the eruption warning remained at level 3 on a scale of 4.

Mt Agung became active in September 2017 and its eruptions have forced operations at to be halted many times.

The last major eruption of the volcano took place in 1963 and lasted for nearly a year, killing more than 1,000 people.

The is located on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity that records thousands of mostly small to moderate tremors every year.



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First Published: Sat, May 25 2019. 11:54 IST