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Jakarta Post

Residents along rivers warned after Mt. Agung eruption

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 9, 2018   /   06:10 pm
Residents along rivers warned after Mt. Agung eruption Mount Agung erupts in Bali on June 29. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

Authorities have issued warnings to residents living along rivers that flow from Mount Agung in Bali, as well as residents living around the volcano, to be more careful in the wake of the latest eruption, which occurred on Monday morning.

According to Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD Bali), Mt. Agung erupted on Monday at 11:20 a.m. local time. During the eruption that lasted for over two minutes, the volcano spewed a 2,000-meter-high ash column and thick smoke into the sky that later headed westward.

“Residents residing and conducting activities along rivers that flow from Mt. Agung should watch out for the threat of volcanic mudflows, which can occur during rain if the volcanic material is still present on the peak around the volcano,” the agency warned in a statement.

BPBD Bali also warned residents as well as tourists to avoid climbing the mountain or being within a 4-kilometer radius of the top of Mt. Agung. The danger zone, the agency added, could change from time to time according to conditions on the mountain. (evi)