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Jakarta Post

Mt. Agung eruption continues, airport operations 'normal'

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 2, 2018   /   12:08 pm
Mt. Agung eruption continues, airport operations 'normal' Volcanic ash and thick smoke rise from Mount Agung's crater on June 29, as seen from Datah village in Karangasem, Bali. (Antara/Nyoman Budhiana)

Mount Agung erupted again on Monday at 6.19 a.m local time in Karangasem regency, Bali, spewing a 2,000-meter ash column and thick smoke into the sky that later headed westward.

The eruption lasted 3 minutes and 47 seconds, said the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

“The eruption did not cause the volcanic ash to spread. Hence, airport operations in Bali and the surrounding areas remain normal,” BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho posted on his official Twitter account on Monday.

(Read also: Two East Java airports closed because of volcanic ash from Mt. Agung)

Mt. Agung has shown increasing volcanic activity since Wednesday. On Thursday, it emitted smoke that reach 1,500 meters above its peak, forcing several airline companies to cancel their flights at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar.

Volcanic ash from Mt. Agung caused Ngurah Rai airport and two other airports in East Java, Banyuwangi's Blimbing Sari Airport and Jember's Noto Hadinegoro Airport, to close temporarily last week. (ebf)