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Indonesia Shrinks Danger Zone Around Grumbling Bali Volcano


A view of Mount Agung volcano erupting in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 28, 2017.

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 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.

Lava, inside the crater of Mount Agung, reflects off the volcano's ash and clouds, while it erupts, as seen from Amed, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 30, 2017.
Lava, inside the crater of Mount Agung, reflects off the volcano's ash and clouds, while it erupts, as seen from Amed, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 30, 2017.

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.

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