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    A farmer walks with his cattle as Mount Agung volcano erupts in the background in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia November 28, 2017

    Bali Airport Closed Third Day as Tropical Paradise Endures Volcano's Wrath

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    Mount Agung's volcano continues to erupt as residents and vacationers alike anxious to flee Indonesia's most popular international tourist destination for safety.

    Mount Agung has spewed ash 7,600 meters (4.7 miles) into the sky, prompting the closure of Bali island's international airport for a third day.

    About 60,000 passengers remain stranded; over 440 flights have been canceled, The Telegraph cited airport spokesman Ari Ahsanurrohim as saying on Wednesday.

    The newspaper also referred to Indonesian volcanologist Gede Swantika, who has warned of a thermal anomaly in the volcano's crater which was detected by a NASA satellite.

    Villagers watch a river overflowing with water mixed with volcanic ash during the eruption of Mount Agung in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia November 28, 2017
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    Villagers watch a river overflowing with water mixed with volcanic ash during the eruption of Mount Agung in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia November 28, 2017

    According to him, it means that it will be easier for magma to foray to the surface in the immediate future.

    Earlier this week, the alert status of Mount Agung was upgraded from level three to level four (the highest possible level) as local authorities ordered the evacuation of almost 100,000 people within the 10 kilometer area around the volcano.

    People watch Mount Agung volcano erupt from a cafe near Amed, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia November 28, 2017
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    People watch Mount Agung volcano erupt from a cafe near Amed, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia November 28, 2017

    Volcanologists, however, warned of an imminent larger eruption.

    Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing around 1,600 people.

    Light from lava inside the crater is reflected off volcanic ash from Mount Agung, as seen from Jemeluk Beach, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia November 28, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken November 28, 2017
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    Light from lava inside the crater is reflected off volcanic ash from Mount Agung, as seen from Jemeluk Beach, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia November 28, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken November 28, 2017

    It has been rumbling for weeks, and in the last few days has begun shooting ash columns and clouds into the sky.

    About 40,000 people have already been evacuated from the eruption area but others haven't left "because they feel safe or don't want to abandon their livestock." The island is approximately half the size of Los Angeles County and home to 4.225 million people.

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