Bali volcano erupts

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Associated Press: November 27, A volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali erupted several times over the weekend, emitting thick plumes of smoke that covered nearby resorts and villages with ash and prompted airport closures and flight cancellations that left thousands of tourists stranded.

Mount Agung’s cone lit up in orange when it erupted once Saturday evening and three more times early Sunday, the second time in less than a week. Ash shot up 13,000 feet into the atmosphere and drifted to the neighboring Lombok Island, forcing its airport to close on Sunday until at least 6 a.m. the next day, an official at the airport told The Associated Press. Bali’s airport remained open on Sunday with flights expected to take off after a slew of cancellations on Saturday.

“Tourism in Bali is still safe, except in the danger (zone) around Mount Agung,” Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement, adding that people within the 4.6-mile exclusion zone to “immediately evacuate” in an “orderly and calm manner,” according to the BBC.

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