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A villager looks at Mount Agung following a phreatic eruption in Rendang Village, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia. Reuters

Volcanic eruptions on the Indonesian resort island of Bali has prompted officials to cancel flights, with authorities raising the alert to the highest level on Monday, fearing an eruption is imminent.

Here is a quick snapshot of the events so far:

  • Video released by Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency shows water and volcanic debris flowing down the slopes of the ash-spewing Mount Agung on Bali as rain falls on the island.
  • Geological agency head, Kasbani, who goes by one name, said the alert level was raised at 6 a.m. because the volcano has shifted from steam-based eruptions to magmatic eruptions.
  • Tens of thousands of travelers stranded in Bali after ash from the Mount Agung volcano on the tourist island forced the international airport to close early Monday.
  • Flight information boards showed rows of cancelations as tourists arrived at the busy Bali airport expecting to catch flights home. Authorities say seven flights were diverted to airports in Jakarta, Surabaya and Singapore when the closure was announced early Monday.
  • Indonesia's disaster agency had said Bali is "still safe" for tourists except for a 7.5-kilometre (4.7-mile) zone around Mount Agung. The evacuation zone has subsequently been increased.