• Mount Agung Update: Gunung Agung Natural Phase Eruption Freatik, Ngurah Rai Airport Enable EOC

    Illustration, The atmosphere of the airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Denpasar, Wednesday (4/11/2015).

    AMLAPURA – Mount Agung volcanic activity marked by phreatic eruption on Tuesday (21/11) yesterday became a serious concern a number of parties. In addition to carefully monitored by PVMBG, the status of Gunung Agung is still set at level III or standby.

    Nevertheless, Angkasa Pura I as the manager of Ngurah Rai Airport also ensures that if the worst occurrence of Gunung Agung activity occurs, the scheme used is still the same as the original plan when establishing awareness status.

    That is, although for example, Mount Agung experienced a magmatic eruption, the airport will not be closed as long as the volcanic ash spread does not lead to the airport.

    “So indeed with the phreatic eruption in Gunung Agung, in principle we are ready with all the worst possible.At 18:45 pm yesterday (21/11) we also activate the Emergency Operational Center (EOC),” said Head of Public Relations Ngurah Rai Airport, Arie Ahsanurrohim .

    Described by him, EOC is actually activated in emergency situations.
    Although factually the phreatic eruption of Gunung Agung on Tuesday (21/11) yesterday is still not critical enough to disrupt flight activity, but the activation of the EOC as a form of attention or special attention from the airport.

    EOC, Arie said, became a kind of alarm so that all stake holders or airport partners will continue to perform their duties in accordance with the specified SOP.
    “Regarding the alternative airport is already there if flight activity in Ngurah Rai is disturbed, the scheme is still the same as the first,” Arie added.

    Separately confirmed, Head of Data and Information Division BMKG Region III Bali, Sujabar said current wind blows from west to east.
    Or, in terms of ordinary fishermen is called the west season. If so, can be expected if there is ash rain, volcanic ash spread will not lead to the position of the airport.

    In general, Sujabar said, November to March the wind blow from west to east. Is there a possibility of wind direction changing?
    “Possibly because the dynamics of the atmosphere is very dynamic, so it can change, but the dominant or the general trend from west to east direction,” said Sujabar.

    To be known, the Director General of Air Transportation, Ministry of Transportation, has held a meeting with Angkasa Pura I as the manager of Ngurah Rai Airport related to the status of Beware of Mount Agung on September 24, 2017 ago.
    In the meeting discussed related flight diversion that may occur when the closure of Ngurah Rai Airport is done.

    DGCA has prepared nine alternative airports. Among others, Lombok, Surabaya, Banyuwangi, Makassar, Balikpapan, Labuan Bajo, Solo, Manado, and Ambon.

    To anticipate the closure of the airport, the DGCA also cooperates with the Directorate General of Land Transportation.

    Head of Land Transport Management Center of Bali and NTB Territory, Agung Hartono at that time said it has prepared 300 buses if it is necessary to transfer the path from air to land or sea route. He said that the bus preparations are already arranged by the Land Transport Organization (Organda). (*)

    Sources: http://bali.tribunnews.com/2017/11/22/gunung-agung-alami-fase-letusan-freatik-bandara-ngurah-rai-aktifkan-eoc?page=all
    Translated by Aryaputra PandeBIC

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