• Bali’s Mount Agung erupts again, but island is ‘safe’ and airport still operating normally

    Mount Agung sending a column of ash up into the sky on Dec. 24, 2017. Photo: Sutopo Purwo Nugroho/BNPB

    Bali’s Mount Agung erupted on Sunday, following an eruption on Saturday, but the eruptions have been minor, the island remains safe and the airport continues to operate normally, according to Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

    A column of volcanic ash, about 2,500 meters above Agung’s crater was seen during Sunday’s eruption, recorded at 10:05am. Winds took ash in a northeasterly direction, so in the opposite direction of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, which is located to the volcano’s southwest.

    Mount Agung’s volcanic activity remains high, so the country’s Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) is keeping the volcano alert status at the highest level, level IV (danger), where it’s been since Nov. 27.

    “This alert status only applies to a radius of eight to 10 kilometers from the peak of Mount Agung, meaning that people are prohibited from doing any activities within a radius of eight to 10 kilometers from the crater. Outside that area, activities can run normally and it’s still safe,” BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Sunday, as quoted by Republika.

    The eruptions on Saturday and Sunday have not had a destructive impact, says Nugroho, adding that there’s no reason to panic.

    Meanwhile, the number of evacuees who have fled their homes from inside the exclusion zone is currently recorded at 71,065, who are spread out across 239 government-run evacuation centers, which are assisted by local businesses, NGOs volunteers, and local communities.

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/balis-mount-agung-erupts-again-island-safe-airport-still-operating-normally/
    Re-posted by Pande

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