Mount Agung: Bali volcano alert raised to highest level

The BBC reports that fears of an imminent major eruption of Bali’s Mount Agung have increased and the evacuation zone around the volcano has been widened. The island’s airport has now closed, leaving thousands stranded in the tourist hotspot. Authorities say dark smoke and ash have been billowing up to 3,400m (11,150ft) above the mountain’s summit, which has also been emitting fire. Officials have warned residents to stay away from rock and debris flows (lahars), which have been spotted flowing down from the mountain.

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