JAKARTA.- The island of Bali is attentive. Today the Agung volcano was still active today and throwing ash clouds up to 4,000 meters high, authorities said.
In the images you can see how the smoke and the ashes affect the life of the towns neighboring the volcano . However, the level of alert is maintained in the second highest, said Sutopo Nugroho of Civil Protection.
The Balkan Vulcanological Institute today launched the maximum aviation alert for areas that are affected by volcanic ash.
Some airlines already canceled flights on Saturday after a first eruption, especially to Australia . The ashes that the volcano expels can damage the engines of the aircraft. Thousands of passengers who were stranded.
Meanwhile, the ash cloud was moving southeast today towards the neighboring island of Lombok. There the authorities closed the airport after ash fell in the city of Mataram.
The Ngurah Rai International Airport, in the capital of Bali, Denpasar, is still open for takeoffs and landings, according to the authorities.
Magma was already seen on the upper surface of the volcano, according to the volcanologists.
In mid-September everything pointed to an immediate volcanic eruption and the authorities raised the alert to its highest level on September 22. More than 130 thousand people left their villages, located near the volcano, to take refuge in emergency shelters. However, Agung’s activity was receding.
The 3031 meter high volcano erupted for the last time for almost a year between 1963 and 1964. Then 1200 people died.