Volcanic eruption forces closure of 2 airports in Indonesia stranding thousands in Bali
Indonesian authorities have closed Bali and Lombok airports as ash blown from an erupting volcano continues to disrupt flights. Yesterday, Virgin and Jetstar cancelled all flights in and out of Bali's Denpasar airport, because of ash being spewed out by Lombok's Mount Barujari's volcano.
Last night, the Indonesian transport ministry announced that it would close airports in Bali and Lombok until further notice, on advice from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre. The volcanic ash cloud is about one kilometre high and blowing north-west from Lombok towards Bali. And vulcanologists have warned that they do not expect the eruption to finish any time soon.