Mount Agung ash cloud forces closure of Bali airport

Emilio Kuzma-Floyd / @eyes_of_a_nomad/Reuters

The Indonesian government has closed Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali as Mount Agung continues to pump potentially dangerous ash into the atmosphere.

At the same time authorities have raised the state of alert to its highest level, and expanded the exclusion zone around the rumbling volcano.

The decision to close the airport will leave thousands of holidaymakers stranded in the tourism hotspot.

At present, the airport is scheduled to reopen at 07:00 on Tuesday, local time.

The decision to close the airport was taken after careful consideration by national aviation authorities, the Centre for Geological Disaster Mitigation and the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, authorities said.

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