KUTA, Bali, 04th November, 2015 (WAM) – Thousands of passengers were stranded at Balis Ngurah Rai International Airport today due to the eruption of Mount Barujari, a cone inside the larger volcanic caldera of Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, the Indonesian News Agency, ANTARA, has reported.

The transportation ministry has announced that the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali Province, is closed until Thursday at 8:45 a.m. local time due to the eruption of the volcano.

“The Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali and the Selaparang Airport in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara are being shut down until Thursday morning at 8 a.m. central Indonesian standard time, and the conditions will be evaluated again tomorrow morning,” said J.A. Barata, a spokesman of the Transportation Ministry.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency reported that Mount Rinjani, located in the East, Central, and North Lombok districts, erupted again on Tuesday.

The mount spewed volcanic ash which has blanketed the Lombok strait, Bali Island, the Bali strait, and Banyuwangi, according to monitoring data of Terra, a multi-national NASA scientific research satellite in a Sun-synchronous orbit around the Earth.

The airport closure is based on the recommendation by the Darwin-based Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre.

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