Volcano on Indonesian island of Bali hurls out ash and lava

DENPASAR, Indonesia, July 2 (Reuters) - A volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali erupted late on Monday, hurling lava and ash kilometers into the air and prompting panicked residents to flee their homes.

Mount Agung in northeast Bali has been rumbling since late last year and on Friday there was a temporary closure of the island's international airport, disrupting flights and stranding thousands of travelers.

Indonesia's national disaster mitigation agency said residents heard a loud explosion and saw flaming volcanic rocks thrown at least 1.2 miles out of the crater.

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A local guide and foreign tourists take pictures of Mount Agung volcano erupting from Amed, Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia on June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo
Fire is seen on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano following an eruption as seen from Amed in Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Fire is seen on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano following an eruption as seen from Amed in Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo
A villager uploads boxes of goods on a truck as Mount Agung volcano's eruption is seen in the background in Amed in Karangasem Regency, Bali resort island, Indonesia June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo
Mount Agung volcano can be seen erupting from Amed in Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo
Motorists use mask as they ride through street covered by volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Agung volcanic at Pemuteran village in Karangasem Regency, Bali resort island, Indonesia, June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo
Vehicles travel through street covered by volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Agung volcanic at Pemuteran village in Karangasem Regency, Bali resort island, Indonesia, June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo
A dog crosses a street covered by volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Agung volcanic at Pemuteran village in Karangasem Regency, Bali resort island, Indonesia, June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo
Mount Agung volcano erupts during the night, as seen from Datah village, Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia on June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Airplane passengers stand in front of flight board as their flight was canceled due to Mount Agung eruption at Ngurah Rai airpot in Denpasar, Bali resort island, Indonesia, June 29, 2018. Antara Foto/Wira Suryantala/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
Foreign tourists sit at a photo booth as their flight to Bali was canceledled due to Mount Agung's eruption, at Lombok International airport in Lombok Tengah, Indonesia, June 29, 2018. Antara Foto/Ahmad Subadi/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
A motorist takes pictures of Mount Agung volcano erupting in Kubu, Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia on June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo
Mount Agung volcano erupts, as seen from Kubu, Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia on June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo
Mount Agung volcano erupts, as seen from Kubu, Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia on June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo
Mount Agung volcano erupts, as seen from Datah Village, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia June 29, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Nyoman Budhiana/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
Passengers are seen waiting for flights outside the International Terminal at Ngurah Rai Airport after some flights were cancelled or rescheduled following an eruption of Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia June 28, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Wira Suryantala/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
Smoke rises from burning trees (centre L) on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano after it erupted again, seen from the village of Tulamben in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali early on July 3, 2018. - The volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali erupted on July 2, belching a plume of ash 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) high as bright orange lava cascaded from its summit. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Trees burn on the slopes of Mount Agung volcano after it erupted again, seen in a timed exposure image from the village of Tulamben in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali early on July 3, 2018. - The volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali erupted on July 2, belching a plume of ash 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) high as bright orange lava cascaded from its summit. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
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The eruption lasted for about seven minutes and photographs posted by the agency showed glowing lava streaming from the crater, setting fire to vegetation.

"Residents have started evacuating voluntarily,” said Sutopo Nugroho, a spokesman for the agency, adding the airport remained operational and there was no change in the volcano's alert status.

The last time Agung staged a major eruption was in 1963, when more than 1,000 people died and several villages on its slopes were razed.

The airport on Bali reopened on Friday after ash had forced a brief closure and the cancellation of more than 300 flights.

(Reporting by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Ed Davies and Andrew Roche)

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