Mount Agung, about 70 kilometres from the tourist hub of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali, erupts and spews a plume of ash and smoke more than 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) into the sky.
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A volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali erupts. Mount Agung, about 70 kilometres from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been erupting periodically since it rumbled back to life last year. Indonesia is situated on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a vast zone of geological instability where the collision of tectonic plates causes frequent quakes and major volcanic activity.
Bali’s palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage.
Balinese Hindu men and women pray to calm Mount Agung, a volcano located 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta that has been shaking since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.