Tourists banned from hiking as Indonesia’s Bali volcano erupts

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Indonesian authorities have prohibited tourists from hiking in the radius of 4 km from the crater of Mount Agung volcano, which erupted on Sunday, while residents in the slope of the mountain have been ordered to exercise caution over the flow of lava during heavy downpours, disaster agency official said.

The eruption of Mount Agung triggered rain of volcanic ash covering eight villages and town in Karang Asem district, but did not lead to evacuation, Ida Bagus Ketut Arimbawa, head of the operational department of the disaster management and mitigation agency in the district said.

But the height of column of the volcanic ash spewed could not be found out as the volcano was covered by heavy clouds, the official said.

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