Bali airport closed for third day

November 29, 2017 by  
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JAKARTA, 29 November 2017: The international airport on the resort island of Bali will be closed for a third day, Indonesian officials said Wednesday, as ash from a rumbling volcano poses a danger to planes.

“Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport will remain closed until at least Thursday morning,” airport spokesman Arie Ahsanurrohim told AFP.

Mount Agung, which looms over one of the world’s top holiday spots, could produce a thunderous eruption at any moment, officials have warned, forcing the main airport to be shut since Monday. Read more

Bali back on red alert

November 28, 2017 by  
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DENPARSAR, 28 November 2017: Plumes of ash from Bali’s sacred volcano, Mount Agung, suspended all air travel to and from the island, Tuesday, as the threat of bigger eruptions prompted  mass evacuations.

Tens of thousands of frightened people have fled their homes near Mount Agung, which looms over the resort island, as experts raised the alert level to maximum and warned it could erupt at any moment.

Towering columns of thick grey smoke have been belching from the volcano since last week, and in the last few days have begun shooting into the sky, forcing all flights to be grounded until at least Wednesday morning. Read more

Bali on high alert

September 27, 2017 by  
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DENPASAR, 27 September 2017: Bali’s travel trade is on high alert as the volcanic Mount Agung remains at the highest level 4 alert for the fifth day in a row as fears grow that a eruption could  be imminent.

The reliable Bali Update news channel reported, earlier this week, that 43,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in the north and northwest of Bali as public and private relief efforts move into top gear. However, the figure has since risen to 75,000.

Bali Update said it had been “being bombarded with questions about the safety of traveling to Bali at this time”. Read more

Bali prepares for volcanic blast

September 27, 2017 by  
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DENPASAR, 27 September 2017: Vehicles laden with food, facemasks and bedding have been sent to help more than 75,000 people who have fled a volcano on the tourist island of Bali, as the Indonesian president flew in to visit crowded aid centres.

Mount Agung, 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the resort hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963 — a potential blow to the country’s lucrative tourism industry.

Increasingly frequent tremors show that the molten magma is still rising towards the surface, with the mountain entering a “critical phase”, said the national disaster mitigation agency. Read more

New Zealand evacuates tourists

November 16, 2016 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

CHRISTCHURCH, 16 November 2016: Rescuers in New Zealand on Tuesday began airlifting tourists stranded by a 7.8 earthquake that devastated parts of the South Island coast and caused more than 100,000 landslides.

Military helicopters started ferrying the first of 1,200 holidaymakers trapped in the seaside town of Kaikoura, which bore the brunt of a quake that claimed two lives when it struck early Monday.

Officials said US and Japanese military would also join the relief effort. Read more