PHOTOS: A Balinese volcano roars back to life after 50 years

A boy takes pictures during Mount Agung’s eruption seen from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency in Bali. Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images

The Mt Agung volcano in north-eastern Bali is spewing volcanic ash and dust nearly 20,000 feet high, and “the potential for a larger eruption is imminent” according to , Indonesia’s The National Board for Disaster Management said on their Facebook page.

Local authorities have evacuated the surrounding areas and maintained an 8-10km exclusion zone around the crater.

Indonesia has issued its highest-level aviation warning for flights and it’s caused absolute travel chaos. Four hundred flights to and from Bali’s Denpasar airport have been cancelled. Lombok’s airport is also closed as the ash moves eastward. Approximately 50,000 passengers are stranded in Bali, the ABC reports. They have no option but to stay put until the cloud eases.

The volcano last erupted more than 50 years ago, and the eruption killed approximately 1,000 people.

Take a look at these spectacular images of the eruption that has been intensifying over the last 24 hours.

Mt Agung is located in the north-east of Bali.

This Russian Instagrammer captured a video of the eruption.

The sky is filled with ash.

#active #volcano #mtagung #agung #bali #volcanoash

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Mt Agung today – ash cloud went 2,000 metres in the air. Rendang – 24 kms from #mtagung #mahagiri #bali #indonesia

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Here’s part of the pyroclastic mudflow – a mix of ash and pumice, and rainy season water that creates something known as lahar, which runs like a ‘river’ from the mountain.

Thousands were evacuated to makeshift camps such as this one in the Klungkung Regency in Bali’s south-east.

Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images

And this one in the Karangasem Regency in Bali’s east.

Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images

It’s intense at night.

Photo taken last night – Agung volcano eruption with a height of 3,000 meter on Nov 26,2017 at 16 GMT. Invisible fire from lava in crater. Smoke grey-coloured strong pressure of the crater with a thick and high intensity about 2500-3000 meter above of the crater. ‪Source: Twitter Sutopo Purwo Nugroho BNPB ‬ _
Official statement about I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport is CLOSED from 27th at 07:15 LT November – 28th November at 07:00 LT due to the volcanic ashes of Mount Agung. ‪Source: Twitter Sutopo Purwo Nugroho BNPB _ All remains peaceful in Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Sanur, Ubud, Denpasar, Kuta and Seminyak also other save area. Tourism in Bali is save as the main tourism in Bali is 70 km from Mt. Agung Indonesian Disaster Mitigation said in a statement. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ #thebalitripmate #balitripmate #mtagung #volcano #vulcanic #bnpb #balistillsafe #thebalibible #balife

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These Balinese Hindus in the Muntig village in Bali are praying to prevent further eruptions.

Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images

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