When did Mount Agung last erupt? Is it still erupting?

Passengers in Perth arrive at the airport to find their flights are cancelled

Passengers in Perth arrive at the airport to find their flights are cancelled

Meanwhile, a check yesterday evening with Changi Airport's website found that AirAsia Flight QZ508, which was scheduled to land in Singapore at 8.20pm from Denpasar airport, had been cancelled.

DENPASAR, Indonesia The Indonesian tourist island of Bali closed its global airport Friday, stranding thousands of travelers, as the Mount Agung volcano gushed a 2,500-meter (8,200-feet) column of ash and smoke.

"Based on current advice, Bali airport will remain closed until 7pm local time, while weather conditions are reviewed", Smarttraveller reported.

The report further suggests that the sudden increase in the lava eruption has forced millions of people to evacuate the nearby regions of the volcanoes.

An eruption at Mount Agung, about 70km from the coastal holiday area of Kuta, forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people a year ago.

Australian visitor Rod Bird came early to the airport only to be told his flight back to Perth had been cancelled for the second time.

Air New Zealand said flight NZ245 from Auckland to Denpasar and the return flight NZ246 from Denpasar to Auckland have been cancelled today.

There was no indication of how long the eruption might last, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the disaster mitigation agency said in a statement, and the alert level on the volcano remains unchanged for now.

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Emirates' flights to and from Bali, Indonesia on Friday, June 29, have been delayed due volcanic ash emission activity at Mount Agung.

Thousands were stranded at the airport or nearby hotels Friday, but it was not immediately clear how many tourists were unable to leave the island.

"Customers booked to travel to/from DPS (Bali) can opt to change their flights and postpone their departure up to seven days later than originally booked and are requested to contact their travel agent or booking office to make changes to their bookings", an Emirates spokesperson said.

Ash cloud Mount Agung produces can pose a threat to aircraft flying in the area.

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.

Hundreds of passengers were queuing near the terminal of the airport to get updates from airlines, while some slept on the floor next to their baggage.

Local government seismologists monitor more than 120 active volcanoes.

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