Bali Volcano Erupts; Spewing 3-km Incandescent Lava

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  • Bali volcano, Mount Agung, in Karang Asem produces volcanic ashes, July 4, 2018. AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati

    Bali volcano, Mount Agung, in Karang Asem produces volcanic ashes, July 4, 2018. AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati

    TEMPO.CODenpasar - Bali volcano Mount Agung in Karangasem erupted again on Friday, May 24, at 07:23 p.m. local time, spewing incandescent lava in all directions for as far as 2.5 to three kilometers.

    "Yes, there has been an eruption. The height of the ash column was not reported; however, there was a roaring noise at the observation post," said Head of the Bali Provincial Disaster Management Agency, I Made Rentin, in Denpasar on late Friday, May 24.

    The seismogram recorded that eruption had a maximum amplitude of 30 mm and lasted around four minutes and 30 seconds. However, Mount Agung's status is still at Level III (Standby) due to the recent eruption.   

    The volcano eruption affected several areas in Karangasem district, which were exposed to thick ash and sand, including Pempatan Village, Besakih Village, Menanga Village, Sebudi Village, Muncan Village, Amerta Bhuana Village, Nongan Village, Rendang Village and several areas in Bangli district. 

    Rentin called on people living around Mount Agung not to move within a radius of four kilometers from the peak crater. The hazard estimation zone is dynamic and continues to be evaluated and can change at any time following the latest observation data on the Bali volcano.

    In addition, people have been asked to equip themselves with masks if they leave their houses and always follow directions from officials.

    "Increase preparedness. If there is a larger eruption, people must evacuate in an orderly manner, according to the agreed evacuation plan. Don't panic, keep calm, and let's pray that we are all protected by Hyang Widhi (God)," said Rentin.

    ANTARA

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