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Thousand evacuated as Mt. Rinjani volcano erupts in Indonesia

More than 1,100 people have been evacuated as 2,000-metre column of ash spewed from Rinjani volcano on Lombok island.

The volcano, also known as the “Child of Rinjani”, erupted without warning on Tuesday afternoon, delaying flights from airports in Lombok and nearby Bali, The Guardian reported.

Several flights to and from Bali's Denpasar Airport have been cancelled due to volcanic ashes. Both Tigerair Australia and Jetstar have confirmed the cancellation of a number of flights.

Tigerair has cancelled flight from Perth to Bali and another flight from Bali to Melbourne. Similarly,  Jetstar cancelled three flights from Australia to Bali and four flights from Bali to Australia

Mount Rinjani or Gunung Rinjani is an active volcano and the second highest volcano in Indonesia.

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