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Agung Bali Volcano warning downgrade

Mt Agung. Source Seven News

"Volcanic ash around the island of Bali following the eruption of Mt Agung means it is now not safe to operate flights to and from Denpasar Airport", a Qantas statement said.

Virgin Australia, Qantas, Jetstar and AirAsia cancelled flights earlier today.

Airlines cancelled mostly worldwide flights after the closure on Thursday, affecting more than 8000 passengers affected.

Ash is risky for planes as it makes runways slippery and can be sucked into their engines.

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"Based on current advice, Bali airport will remain closed until 7pm local time, while weather conditions are reviewed", Smarttraveller reported. The return flight NZ246 from Denpasar to Auckland was also cancelled.

Mount Agung caused chaos for holiday makers in November, shutting down the airport and stranding thousands.

However, Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said Agung's danger status had not changed and flights were not in danger.

The regional Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Darwin, Australia, said winds would carry the ash southwest toward Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island.

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Tens of thousands of locals fled to evacuation centres after last year's eruption.

Long lines at airport in Bali as flights are cancelled or delayed. An officer having the knowledge of the matter said that the alert levels have not been raised and an exclusion zone around the crater remains 4 kilometres.

Volcanic activity had only subsided by February 2018, and the Bali Tourism office announced that the volcano alert had been downgraded to a Level III. Its last major eruption in 1963 killed more than 1,000 people and razed several villages.

The crater has been erupting periodically since it rumbled back to life a year ago.

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Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 250 million people, sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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