Bali's Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

The international airport on the Indonesian island of Bali is closed for a third day due to an erupting volcano. Bali airport spokesman Arie Ahsannurohim said the airport would be closed until Thursday morning. He said Wednesday morning that volcanic ash has not been detected at the airport yet, but observations show it has reached an altitude of 25,000 feet and was being blown southward and southwestward toward the airport.

Tuesday’s closing affected more than 440 flights carrying more than 59,500 passengers. Mount Agung has been at the highest alert level since Monday and has spewed clouds of ash for days. The eruptions marked the first major activity from Mount Agung since 1963. (AP)

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Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

The morning of Mount Agung eruption was seen at Muncan Village on November 28, 2017 in Karangasem regency, Bali, Indonesia. Great volcanic activity in lifting back to level IV by volcanology center and geological hazard mitigation (PVMBG). Lava cool down quickly, bali service in closed temporarily due to the impact of the eruption of volcano Agung. (Photo: Muhammad Fauzy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Since the increasing level to level 4 which is the highest statust allert, eruption of mount agung already covering some area of Bali with ashes, the closing of airport, and total of 38 thousands of refugee. Cold larva also hit some river near karang asem giving brown color to the river and strong sulfur smell. (Photo: Donal Husni/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Villagers weraing a mask to avoid inhaling dust eruption of the Mount Agung on November 28, 2017 in Bali, Indonesia. (Photo: Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Black smoke ash seen in the top of Mount Agung on November 28, 2017 in Bali, Indonesia. More than 100,000 villagers will need to leave the expanded danger zone while tens of thousands of tourists have been stranded due to airport closures. (Photo: Solo Imaji / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

A view of Mount Agung from Muntig Village, Karangasem when the status of Mount Agung increased into level IV because of the phase has turned into a Magmatic from Phreatic Phase, on November 28, 2017. (Photo: Keyza Widiatmika/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Clouds of ashes rise from the Mount Agung volcano erupting in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 28, 2017. Indonesia authorities raised the alert for the rumbling volcano to highest level on Monday and closed the international airport on the tourist island of Bali stranding thousands of travelers. (Photo: Firdia Lisnawati/AP)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

A view of Mount Agung volcano erupting in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 28, 2017. Indonesia authorities raised the alert for the rumbling volcano to highest level on Monday and closed the international airport on tourist island of Bali stranding thousands of travelers. (Photo: Firdia Lisnawati/AP)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

A view of the Mount Agung volcano erupting in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 27, 2017. The volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali erupted for the second time in a week on Saturday, disrupting international flights even as authorities said the island remains safe. (Photo: Firdia Lisnawati/AP)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Mount Agung volcano is seen spewing smoke and ash in Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: EMILIO KUZMA-FLOYD/Reuters)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Black clouds overshadows Mount Agung are seen in Abuan village of Karangasem regency, 7 kilometers from the erupted Mount Agung in Bali, Indonesia on Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Mahendra Moonstar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Mount Agung’s eruption is seen next to a Balinese temple at Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Mount Agung volcano erupts as seen from Glumpang village, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia on Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Johannes P. Christo/Reuters)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

A boy takes pictures during Mount Agung’s eruption seen from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Balinese Hindus take part in a ceremony, where they pray near Mount Agung in hope of preventing a volcanic eruption, in Muntig village of the Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Continuous eruption of volcano Agung with large volumes on Nov. 26, 2017 in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia. Mount Agung belched smoke as high as 1,500 metres above its summit, sparking an exodus from settlements near the mountain. (Photo: Muhammad Fauzy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

A bright red sky is seen from Besakih village of Karangasem regency, 7 kilometers from the erupted Mount Agung in Bali, Indonesia on Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Mahendra Moonstar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

General view of Mount Agung during an eruption seen from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency, on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Foreign tourists take pictures as Mount Agung erupts at Besakih Temple in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia on Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Johannes P. Christo/Reuters)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

A motorist rides his motorbike during a shower of ash and rain from Mount Agung volcano during an eruption in Bebandem Village, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Antara Foto/Fikri Yusuf/Reuters)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Indonesia’s Mount Agung volcano erupts as seen from Amed, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Jose Colreavy/Reuters)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Mount Agung volcano erupts as seen from Besakih Temple in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia on Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Johannes P. Christo/Reuters)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Plants in a garden are covered in ash from the eruption of Mount Agung volcano in Jungutan Village, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Antara Foto/Nyoman Budhiana/ via Reuters)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Passengers stand near the flight information board after Indonesian and regional authorities heightened flight warnings, following the eruption of Bali’s Mount Agung volcano at Ngurah Rai International airpot in Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Nyimas Laula/Reuters)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Balinese Hindus walk after praying as Mount Agung volcano erupts at Besakih Temple in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia on Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Johannes P. Christo/Reuters)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Motorists drive on a road covered in volcanic ash from Mount Agung’s eruption in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia on Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Johannes P. Christo/Reuters)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Indonesia’s Mount Agung volcano erupts as fishermen pull a boat onto the beach in Amed, Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Petra Simkova/Reuters)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Mount Agung volcano is seen erupting from Glumpang village, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Johannes P. Christo/Reuters)

Bali’s Mount Agung has first major volcano eruption since 1963

Villagers watch as Mount Agung volcano spews ash during an eruption from the Volcanic Observatory in Rendang Village, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Johannes P. Christo/Reuters)

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