Bali: Major volcano eruption alert forces mass evacuation

Nov 27, 2017, 5:54 AM EST
(Source: PROThomas Depenbusch/flickr)
(Source: PROThomas Depenbusch/flickr)

Nearly 100,000 people in the vicinity of Bali’s Mount Agung have been told to evacuate the area after Indonesia raised the alert for an erupting volcano to the highest level on Monday.

Mount Agung volcano has been emitting “ash puffs” and dark smoke since last Tuesday and is now confirmed to be shifting into the magmatic phase, writes The Guardian.

The volcano scare forced the shutdown of Bali's Ngurah Rai airport, disrupting 445 flights and leaving thousands of tourists stranded, notes the BBC.