Bali Still ‘Safe’ After Mount Agung Eruption on Sunday
Bali’s Mount Agung erupted again yesterday evening, and though officials reiterated the need for maintaining an exclusion zone of 4km in radius from the volcano’s crater, they also said there’s no need for anybody to evacuate just yet.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said in a tweet that Bali remains safe and pleasant despite the eruption and that Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is still operating normally.
Mount Agung erupted on Sunday at 10.29pm local time, which lasted approximately 2 minutes and 16 seconds, according to the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG). The center was not able to observe the height of the ash columns. The sound of the eruption could be heard as far as PVMBG’s observation post in Rendang.
Since November 2017, Mount Agung has erupted 21 times. It remains at level three alert level, or “standby” status, as set by Indonesia’s volcanology center.