Bali's Mt Agung erupts again, forces flight diversions

A volcano billowing ash.
Mt Agung. Photo credit: Newshub.

Bali's Mt Agung has erupted again, forcing flights to be diverted away from the Indonesian Island.

The volcano erupted for four minutes and 30 seconds on Friday night, sending lava and rocks around 3km from its crater, AP reports.

Four flights into Bali had to be cancelled due to volcanic ash, and five flights out of the tourist destination were cancelled.

It's not the first time Mt Agung has caused problems for travellers. Eruptions in 2017 caused the temporary closure of the Ngurah Rai International Airport airport and the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Nine villages experienced thick ash fall from Friday's eruption, but Bali's national disaster agency has not raised the alert level for the volcano.

An exclusion zone of 4km around the crater remains in place.