DENPASAR, NNC - The flight operation at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, was not affected by volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Agung which occurred at 11:05 am as the distribution of ash directed to the northwest following the wind direction.
"The flight operations are safe considering the airport is far south of Mount Agung," said Head of Public Relations of PT Angkasa Pura I at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Arie Ahsanurrohim in Denpasar, Wednesday (6/13/2018).
Air traffic, he continued, is still operating as usual, including the services for flow of homecoming travelers and Eid al-Fitr (Lebaran) long holidays.
The Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said volcanic ash was recorded to the northwest with a speed of about 15 knots following the wind direction.
Based on Himawari weather satellite images, the spread of volcanic ash which was as high as 3,142 meters above sea level was no longer detected.
The updated data by BMKG at 4 pm also mentioned based on observations by the Class I Meteorologi Station of Ngurah Rai, it has yet to observe the presence of volcanic ash.
Head of the Center for Vulcanology, Mitigation and Geological Disaster (PVMBG) Kasbani contacted from Denpasar said the highest volcano in Bali erupted, spewing thick gray ashes with a column height of about 2,000 meters from the peak.
"The eruption was recorded in the seismogram with maximum amplitude of 25 mm and duration of approximately two minutes 12 seconds," he said, as quoted by Antara.
PVMBG said the status of Mount Agung is currently still at Level III or standby with the Estimated Hazard Zones, that is, in all areas within a radius of four kilometers from the top of the mountain crater.