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Hundreds Of Flights Canceled In Bali Amid Volcano Eruption

Bali airport was closed Wednesday and nearly 700 flights were canceled because of volcanic ash coming from the nearby island of Lombok.

Posted on November 4, 2015, at 8:23 a.m. ET

Volcanic ash is seen during an eruption inside the crater of Mount Rinjani, Oct. 25, 2015.
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Volcanic ash is seen during an eruption inside the crater of Mount Rinjani, Oct. 25, 2015.

Bali's Ngurah Rai airport grounded all flights Wednesday as volcanic ash continued to spew out of Indonesia's Mount Rinjani.

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Nearly 700 flights were canceled, stranding thousands of passengers. The airport officially closed Tuesday evening, and, according to Guarda Indonesia, won't reopen until 8:45 a.m. Thursday morning.

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"Tremors due to volcanic activities are continuously recorded and potential of more eruption is still high," the meteorological agency said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Mount Rinjani, located on nearby island Lombok, started erupting and spewing ash last weekend.

Airport workers protect an aircraft's engine with plastic at Ngurah Rai Airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
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Airport workers protect an aircraft's engine with plastic at Ngurah Rai Airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

According to CNN, the volcanic ash sucked into an airplane's engine can lead to "loss of thrust and even engine failure."

The airport was closed back in July, during peak tourist season, when Mount Raung erupted in East Java, according to Reuters.

Volcanic ash and clouds are illuminated by lava from the crater of Mount Raung as seen from Botolinggo, Bondowoso, East Java, Indonesia, on July 11, 2015.
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Volcanic ash and clouds are illuminated by lava from the crater of Mount Raung as seen from Botolinggo, Bondowoso, East Java, Indonesia, on July 11, 2015.


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