A summary of leading stories between December 11-17, 2017 across Southeast Asia.
The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) said that greyish-white plumes have soared as high as 2,000m above the crater.
The 10-kilometre radius around Mount Agung is littered with roadside signs that read "Volcanic danger zone. No entry!", underscoring the potential risks.
The transport ministry has prepared 100 buses as well as ferries to carry stranded passengers to operating airports on Java and Lombok islands.
"It was around 11:30am, we immediately ran, we had nothing with us except the clothes we were wearing," said Gusti Nyoman Dauh, an Indonesian who survived the 1963 eruption.
The airport in Bali's capital Denpasar has not been affected but several countries including Australia and Singapore have issued travel advisories warning travellers to exercise caution.