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Jakarta Post

Mt. Agung erupts, prompting volcanology center to issue aviation notice

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Karangasem, Bali   /   Fri, February 22, 2019   /   07:08 pm
Mt. Agung erupts, prompting volcanology center to issue aviation notice The Mount Agung volcano spews smoke, as seen from Nusu village, Karangasem regency, Bali, on July 29, 2018. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

Mount Agung in Karangasem regency, Bali, erupted on Friday, spewing up a column of ash 700 meters from the crater.

The volcano's observatory post reported that the eruption was recorded at 4:31 p.m.

After the first eruption, a smaller eruption occurred at 5:01 p.m. with the volcano spewing up a column of ash 300 meters high.

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) maintained the volcano’s alert status at level three of the four-tiered alert system. The danger zone similarly remains within a 4-kilometer radius from the crater. The PVMBG also issued a code orange volcano observatory notice for aviation (VONA).

"Mount Agung erupting is considered normal given that there has been an increase in volcanic activity in the last few days, " a senior official of the center, Devy Kamil Syahbana, told The Jakarta Post.

Devy added that the volcano might erupt again at a small scale.

The center also advised residents and tourists to steer clear of the danger zone. A ban on trekking Mt. Agung has been in place since 2017. (swd)