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Thousands stranded as volcano in Indonesia erupts, officials announce highest alert level

November 27, 2017

Published on Nov 27, 2017

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BALI, Indonesia — Following massive plumes of smoke and volcanic eruptions over the weekend, Indonesian authorities raised their alert for the Mount Agung volcano here to the highest level possible on Monday.

Indonesia's National Board for Disaster Management said that the "potential for a larger eruption is imminent."

Authorities closed Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, projecting it will reopen Tuesday at 7 a.m. local time, as the volcano spewed ash into the sky. Thousands of passengers were stranded as flights by Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin, KLM and Singapore Airlines were among those grounded.

Sandra Santana, a client relationship manager who lives in Singapore, was planning to depart Sunday night from Bali to Singapore after a holiday get a way. She found out her KLM flight was canceled due to volcano activity upon arriving to the airport Sunday night. "I didn't know about the volcano. If I knew I wouldn't have come to Bali and I will try to postpone my trip," she told CNBC.


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