Eruption of Indonesian Volcano Strands Travelers as Airports Close

A volcanic eruption on Indonesia's main island of Java has sparked chaos for holidaymakers as international airlines cancel flights to the resort island of Bali. Mount Raung in East Java province, about 93 miles from Bali's international airport, blasted ash and debris 12,460 feet into the air Friday. Authorities have closed five Indonesian airports due to the risks posed by volcanic ash. Transport Ministry spokesman Julius Adravida Barata said the ministry issued a notice late Thursday for all airlines to avoid routes near the mountain.

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