Flights resume across the island of Bali

The tower of ash gushing out of Bali's Mount Agung volcano has dissipated into a wispy plume of steam and the majority of flights have returned to near-normal schedules.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said Monday the volcano remains at its highest alert level but most of Bali is safe.

The exclusion zone around the volcano still extends 10 kilometers from the crater.

But airlines Jetstar and Virgin Australia, which cancelled flights over the weekend even as the ash cloud shrank dramatically, said they were resuming services Monday. 

David Boutelier, a geologist at the University of Newcastle in Australia, said the chance of a violent explosion is still "very high" but possibly not as high as several weeks ago because pressure is being released.

Courtesy: Evening Standard
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