KARANGASEM, Bali (BPN) – Bali’s biggest mountain, Mount Agung released lava on its latest eruption on Monday night at 9:04 p.m, with duration of 7 minutes 21 seconds. The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center ( PVMBG) reported that the “strombolian” eruption spewed 2000 meter high column of ash.
“The observation of Himawari BMKG satellite showed that the spread of volcanic ash is predominantly westward. Until now I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar Bali is still operating normally,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Data Center Information and Public Relations BNPB explained in the press release.
Meanwhile Pasebaya volunteers reported that the lava heading to the eastern to northeastern slopes to Culik and Dukuh areas of Karangasem regency. It also heading to the west and south and caused fires on the forest at the top of the mountain.
Sutopo explained the surrounding community immediately conducted evacuation by going down to the safer villages. The status of Mt. Agung remains on Alert (level 3) with radius of dangerous areas of 4 km from the top of Mt. Agung.
PVMBG encouraged people to stay calm and not to trust misleading issues, and to conduct an orderly evacuation.