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World Indonesia shrinks danger zone around grumbling Bali volcano

09:21  04 january  2018
09:21  04 january  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Indonesia shrank the exclusion zone around a grumbling volcano on the resort island of Bali on Thursday after fears of an imminent eruption The 3,000-meter Mount Agung remains on alert for a major eruption, but officials said the danger zone around the crater would be reduced to a six-km

JAKARTA - Indonesia shrank the exclusion zone around a grumbling volcano on the resort island of Bali on Thursday after fears of an imminent eruption, allowing farmers to return to their homes. The 3,000-metre Mount Agung remains on alert for a major eruption, but officials said the danger zone

a blurry image of a mountain: Mount Agung volcano erupts as seen from Kubu, Karangasem Regency, Bali © REUTERS/Darren Whiteside Mount Agung volcano erupts as seen from Kubu, Karangasem Regency, Bali

Indonesia shrank the exclusion zone around a grumbling volcano on the resort island of Bali on Thursday after fears of an imminent eruption, allowing farmers to return to their homes.

The 3,000-meter Mount Agung remains on alert for a major eruption, but officials said the danger zone around the crater would be reduced to a six-km (four-mile) radius from 10 km.

"Mount Agung remains in an eruption phase and could affect settlements. All parties are urged to remain cautious," Agung Pribadi, press relations officer at the natural resources ministry, said in a statement.

The volcano has been spewing lava and ash since late November, when authorities raised the alert status to the highest.

Bali airport was closed for three days, leaving thousands of tourists stranded and prompting others to cancel their year-end holiday plans.

(Reporting by Wilda Asmarini; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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