Mount Agung erupted again this afternoon at 5.30pm. A column of medium-gray smoke as high as 1,500 m was observed coming from the peak of Mount Agung. The eruption was visually observed from the Culik and Batulompeh areas to the West-Southwest, with medium-dark gray smoke.
This is the second eruption of Mount Agung in a week with a higher ash column than the previous eruption. The first eruption occurred on Tuesday (21/11/2017) at 5.05 pm with gray thick smoke rising to approximately 700 meters.
Until now the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) still continues to analyze the eruption. There was no increase in seismic and volcanic activity before or after the eruption until now.
The status of Mount Agung is still standby (level 3). There is no increase in volcanic activity. The PVMBG continues to monitor and analyze volcanic activity. The recommendation also remains to avoid any activity within a 6 km radius plus a sectoral extension of 7.5 km to the North-Northeast, Southeast and South-Southwest.
The people around Mount Agung have not panicked. The community has obtained information and socialization related to this event. Data at hand of refugees on Saturday afternoon was a total of 25,016 people spread in 224 points of refuge.
People are encouraged to remain calm, not to panic and be misled by fake news and issues. PVMBG will continue to provide up-to-date information. BNPB, TNI, Polri, Basarnas, Ministries / Agencies, BPBD, SKPD, volunteers and all related elements will provide refugee assistance.
Bali’s condition remains safe. Ngurah Rai International Airport is still safe and normal. Tourism in Bali is also still safe.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (1opm Nov 25, 2017)
Head of Information Data and Public Relations Center of BNPB.
Meanwhile, Republika reports a total of 16 international flights to and from Bali were postponed so far tonight.
“The sixteen international flights are from four airlines, namely Jetstar, Virgin Air, Qantas, and KLM,” Communication & Legal Section Head of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Arie Ahsanurrohim, said this evening.
All other airlines are still flying.
Image: The latest Volcanic Ash Advisories image (www.bom.gov.au)