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Watch Mount Agung ERUPT as tourist hotspot issues 'RED WARNING'

Watch Mount Agung ERUPT as tourist hotspot issues 'RED WARNING'

The centre has not felt it necessary to raise the overall alert level, which remains at 3 on a scale of 1 to 4, nor to more strictly limit human activity around the volcano.

A spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency said the ash cloud was not affecting Denpasar's flight paths and stated that it was still safe to fly in and out of the airport. These airlines resumed Bali flights on Sunday morning, according to Reuters.

According to the Volcanic Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) system, winds carried the ash in an eastern and southeastern direction.

"Following an eruption of the Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, it is not now safe to operate flights around Denpasar Airport", the airline said in a statement.

The island's main airport is for now operating normally, but some airlines have cancelled flights.

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People living within 7.5 kilometers of the mountain have been told to evacuate, senior volcanologist Gede Suantika said, advising residents to remain calm. The Malaysian-based airline has also rescheduled two or flights and has contacted affected passengers by email to offer a change of flight or route, as reported in a statement. Increased volcanic activity had prompted fears a major eruption was imminent.

On Tuesday volcano expelled a cloud of black vapour of 700 meters in first eruption of type no magmatic since eruptions of 1963 and 1964. Garuda Indonesia flights from and to the city of Lombok will be served again after the volcanic ash spread from Mount Agung eases and returns in normal situation.

Villagers carry their belongings during an evacuation following the eruption of Mount Agung, seen in the background, in Karangasem, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.

About 25,000 people are thought to be in shelters while more than 140,000 people fled earlier this year. "Seismic activity is characterized by low frequency earthquakes".

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