Watch Mount Agung ERUPT as tourist hotspot issues 'RED WARNING'

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"We will continue to see eruptions like this one at scales similar, but we cannot predict when mount Agung is really going to erupt", said to AFP Mr. Suantika.

Mount Agung belched smoke as high as 1,500 meters above its summit, twice as high as on Tuesday when smoke sparked an exodus from settlements near the mountain.

It is the second major emission from the Indonesian island volcano this week, and flights have been disrupted.

This is the highest aviation warning when a volcanic eruption is underway with a significant amount of ash in the atmosphere.

Ash fall was reported in the villages of North Duda, East Duda, Pempetan, Besakih, Sidemen, Tirta Abang, Sebudi, Bhuana Amerta in Klungkung and in some villages in Gianyar.

Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas announced flight cancellations as they are unwilling to risk flying through ash to reach their destination, with customers forced to sleep at Ngurah Rai International Airport.

It is also affecting some flight paths to Denpasar and creating complications for air traffic controllers who are steering planes away from the ash.

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Travellers to and from the region are being urged to contact their airline or travel agent to find out the status of their flight.

A spokesperson with the disaster agency told the Jakarta Globe the ash cloud is 13,000 feet above the ground and moving eastward at 11 miles per hour.

The information director of Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency tweeted that volcanic ash rain had fallen on the Lombok city of Mataram.

There have been no new evacuations in Bali and a six kilometre exclusion zone around the volcano has not been extended.

Magma has been detected close to the surface on Mount Agung. Around 25,000 people have been evacuated from the "danger zone" on the slopes of Agung to hundreds of refuge shelters.

On Oct 29, the centre lowered the volcano's alert level by one notch after it was raised to 4 on Sept 22 in response to the most intense volcanic activity recorded in 53 years.

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