Bali volcano erupts again

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A volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali has erupted for the second time in a week but authorities says its alert level remains unchanged. The volcanic eruption, which spewed volcanic ash and gravel as high as 1,500 meters on Saturday (11/25/2017) afternoon, had caused dozens of flight routes to be canceled.

Agung earlier had erupted on Tuesday, sending ash to a height of about half that of Saturday. But about 25,000 people have already evacuated from the slopes of Agung to shelters.

"Tourism in Bali is still safe, except in the danger (zone) around Mount Agung", Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement, referring to an area that extends to a radius of up to 7.5 km from the summit. After that eruption, Singapore had updated its travel advisory for the island, warning that ash clouds could "severely disrupt air travel".

It is feared that the volcano erupts for the first time since 1963, when almost 1,600 people had died.

Eight scheduled arrivals and 13 departures have been cancelled by several airlines as pre-emptive moves, affecting a total 2,087 passengers, the national disaster management agency (BNPB) said in a statement issued at 11pm.

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Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire and has 127 active volcanoes - more than any other country.

Bali, famous for its surf, beaches and temples, attracted almost 5 million visitors a year ago, but business has slumped in areas around the volcano since September when Agung's volcanic tremors began to increase.

Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar remained open on Saturday night but within two hours of the eruption, Jetstar cancelled or diverted four flights heading to Bali as well as five flights due to depart from the island.

The alert was boosted to the highest threat level in September amid fears an eruption was imminent.