Bali, famous for its surf, beaches and temples, attracted nearly 5 million visitors last year, but business has slumped in areas around the volcano since September when Agung's volcanic tremors began to increase.
Agung rises majestically over eastern Bali at a height of just over 3,000 meters. When it last erupted in 1963 it killed more than 1,000 people and razed several villages.
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said in an advisory from its Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin that the eruption was “expected to be ongoing.” Indonesia also upgraded its Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation to red, its highest warning, and said the ash-cloud top could reach 6,142 meters or higher.
About Bali Island
Bali is an island and province of Indonesia. It is located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Its capital, Denpasar, is located in the southern part of the island.
With a population of 4,225,000 as of 2014, the island is home to most of Indonesia's Hindu minority. Bali is a popular tourist destination, which has seen a significant rise in tourists since the 1980s. Tourism-related business makes up 80% of its economy. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali. In March this year, TripAdvisor named Bali best global destination for 2017 in Travelers' Choice Awards.
magma: n. 岩浆
spew: v. 喷出；涌出
raze: v. 摧毁；夷为平地