Bali volcano shoots ash 700m into the air in its most recent explosion

An eruption from Mt Agung last year.
An eruption from Mt Agung last year. Photo credit: Newshub

A volcano in Bali shot a column of hot ash into the sky early on Sunday (local time), one of several explosions in the past week.

Mt Agung erupted for three minutes, sending smoke and ash more than 700m high, according to the local Volcanology and Geological Mitigation Agency (VGMA).

The eruption has not prompted evacuations, although its alert status remains at the second-highest level, reports 7 News.

Flights are still operating normally, and the air around Bali's capital, Denpasar is clear from ash. 

Tourists have been warned to stay away from the danger zone - a 4km radius around the crater of the mountain. 

The dust from the explosion has blanketed several villages close to the mountain according to VGMA spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Mt Agung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia. 

Indonesia is located on the 'Ring of Fire' - a series of fault lines stretching from the western hemisphere through Japan and southeast Asia, which makes it prone to volcanic eruptions.

Last week, Anak Krakatau in Indonesia's Sunda Straits erupted and collapsed into the sea, causing a devastating tsunami that killed 431 people on Java and Sumatra.