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Volcanic ash cloud shuts five airports, leaving Bali tourists stranded

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A volcanic eruption has shut five airports in Indonesia, leaving thousands of tourists stranded.

Mount Raung in East Java has been erupting for nearly a week.

The airport on the Indonesian island of Bali – a popular holiday destination for Australians in particular – is among those closed.

The volcanic ash has affected visibility and also presents a threat to air traffic, as particles in the atmosphere can cause problems for planes.

Indonesia straddles the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a highly seismically active zone where different plates on the earth’s crust meet and create a large number of volcanoes and earthquakes.

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