Sunday, 27 May 2018 | 20:40 WIB

Mount Agung Erupts Smoke and Ash Again as High as 1,500 Meters, Bali Remains Safe

Mount Agung erupted smoke and ash again as high as 1,500 meters, Bali remains safe.

BALI, NNC - Mount Agung erupted again after the decline in status from Warning (level IV) to Standby Alert (level III). The eruption occurred on Tuesday (2/13/2018) at 11:49 am local time with the column height of smoke and ash about 1,500 meters above the peak.

Head of Data Center, Information and Public Relations of National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the observation of Mount Agung by Center for Vulcanology and Mitigation of Geological Disasters (PVMBG) in Rendang reported the medium pressure gray crater smoke with medium intensity and height of 1,500 meters was observed above the crater peak, leaning to the east - northeast. The eruption lasted for 140 seconds. No aft eruptions. Status remains Standby Alert with dangerous zones within four-kilometer radius of the crater summit.

Thin rain occurred in Pandan Sari Hamlet, Dukuh Village, Kubu Sub-district, Karangasem Regency. Community activities are running normally. Bali remains safe. There are no effects damaging and on flights from the eruption. Volcano with Standby Alert status can potentially erupt anytime, but with a not-so-big eruption.

"Until now there remain 15,445 people who are still displaced in 146 evacuation points. Since Mount Agung's status is reduced to Standby Alert on 2/10/2018, all evacuees may return home. Currently, it is still the process of returning evacuees," said Sutopo, in a press release on Tuesday (2/13).

There are several reasons some evacuees stay, such as damage to bridges, roads, houses, limited capital to start working on their farm after being left behind for five months to evacuate. In addition, some worry Mount Agung will erupt again as on November 2017 after the Alert status was reduced at that time.