Bali volcano: International airport shut for second day

Indonesian officials have shut the international airport in Bali for a second day, as Mount Agung spews volcanic ash into the atmosphere.

Massive plumes of dark ash were seen reaching as high as 3km (2 miles) from the summit of the rumbling volcano, which began erupting last week.

According to local navigation authorities, aircraft routes were covered with volcanic ash, making it dangerous for flights, the government said. The airport closure has left more than 60,000 tourists stranded on the island.

Bali airport, about 60 km from Mount Agung volcano, will be closed at least until 7 a.m. local time on November 29, it said. Ten other airports have been prepared to divert inbound flights, the government added.

The Transportation Ministry initially closed the Ngurah Rai airport on Monday morning for 24 hours, cancelling more than 400 flights and stranding 59,000 travelers.

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