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Raise the aviation alert to the highest level in Bali due to the eruption of the Agung volcano

Authorities on the Indonesian island of Bali raised the aviation alert level to the maximum (red) today due to the increased activity of the Agung volcano, which released ash clouds until 4,000 meters high, according to official sources.

Jakarta, Nov 26 (EFE) .- The authorities of the Indonesian island of Bali raised the alert level for aviation to the maximum (red) today due to the increase in activity of the Agung volcano, which launched clouds of ash up to 4,000 meters high, according to official sources.

Twenty flights to and from Bali were canceled last night and more than 2,000 people they were stranded in the airport enclosures even though the authorities maintain that "the island is safe" and the airport works "normally".

"Gusti International Airport Ngurah Rai (in Bali) remains safe and normal. of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNBP, in Indonesian), in a statement.

The BNBP also maintains the level of eruption alert 3 (the maximum is 4) and has reported rain of ash in at least seven towns on the island.

Nugroho invited the local population and tourists to stay calm, and to take precautions due to the rain. ash, and recalled that the security zone remains within a radius of between 6 and 7.5 kilometers around the crater.

The Agung volcano is located in the east of the island, in the district of Karangasem and far from most of Bali's tourist attractions.

Currently more than 25,000 people from Karangasem continue to be displaced by the eruption alert, although the reaching number reached 140,000 in late September.

On Tuesday, the volcano ejected a cloud of black steam 700 meters in the first eruption of magmatic no type from those of 1963 and 1964.

In that period the eruptions lasted almost a year and caused more than 1,100 deaths.

Bali is the main tourist destination in Indonesia, with a monthly influx of 200,000 foreign tourists, according to official data.

The Indonesian archipelago is located within the so-called "Ring of Fire" of the Pacific, an area of ​​great seismic activity and volcanic that is shaken by thousands of tremors a year, most of little magnitude.

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