1500 m High Eruption Ashes Spotted in Mount Agung, People are Asked to Remain Calm
Mount Agung which is located in Karangasem regency, Bali Province erupted again on Saturday (25/11/2017) at 5:30 pm Bali time.
Grayish-black medium pressure ash columns were observed to reach a height of 1.500 m above the peak. Eruption was visually observed from the Culik and Batulompeh areas to the West-Southwest.
This is the second eruption with a higher ashes column than the previous one. The first eruption occurred on Tuesday (21/11/2017) at 5:05 pm Bali time with thick-gray smoke and medium pressure as high as 700 meters.
Until now PVMBG still continues to analyze the eruption. There was no increase in seismic and volcanic activity after the eruption until this afternoon.
The status of Mount Agung is still standby (level 3) and there is no increase in volcanic status. PVMBG continues to monitor and analyze the volcanic activity. The recommendation remains the same which is to avoid any activity within 6 km radius plus a sectoral extension of 7.5 km to the north-northeast, southeast and south-southwest.
The people around Mount Agung are expected to not panic since they have obtained many information and briefings related to Mount Agung. The refugee data on Saturday afternoon amounts 25,016 people spread over 224 refugee locations.
People are appealed to remain calm, do not to panic and be provoked by misleading 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 handling.
The condition in Bali is still safe and Ngurah Rai International Airport still functions normally. Tourism in Bali is also still safe, except for the danger zone radius around Mount Agung defined by PVMBG which is prohibited from any community activity.
(Sutopo Purwo Nugroho/Head of Data Information and Public Relation of BNPB)