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Indonesia volcanic eruption : Flights resume as ash dissipates

Bali, June 3 (): Flights between Bali and Australia have resumed as ash clouds arising from a volcano on the eastern Indonesian island of Sumbawa has started to scatter.

However, the authorities give the warning that still the volcano of Mount Sangeang Api has the possibility of disrupting the flights.

On Monday, Jetstar announced it had started operating flights out of Perth and destined for Denpasar, after stopping the flights on Sunday. Virgin also has resumed its flight services to Bali.

Even though, the volcano is continuing its eruption on Monday, the ash clouds that had caused the Darwin airport to close its service on Saturday and had caused disturbances to the flights between Bali and Australia, have scattered to levels measured to be safe for the planes.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology’s Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin said that the volcano is in fact still erupting but at a lower level only. He added that actually the winds are taking the ash clouds over to the west and south of the volcano, and not close to Australia anymore.

The mount Sangeang Api that has been bursting since Friday, had sent out ash up to 20km into the sky and over northern Australia. On Saturday, Darwin was detached from all air services as ash moved southeast over the west side of the Northern Territory and as far south as Alice Springs.

Kristianto of the Eastern Indonesia division of the country’s geological body, said Mount Sangean Api was on Monday spewing out white ash to heights up to one kilometre. Since Sunday, tremors had been decreasing, but it is observed closely still.

He said danger still persists there as they were still recording surface event earthquakes and low volcanic earthquakes of significant nature. That was the reason they could not say how long the eruption could last.