Bali volcano eruption: Mount Agung BLOWS – ash cloud spews 2km into sky

Monday, April 22, 2019
By Paul Martin

MOUNT AGUNG on the Indonesian island of Bali has erupted, spewing volcanic ash up to around two kilometres into the sky.

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

Bali has been hit with a massive ash cloud after Mount Agung erupted on Sunday. The volcanic ash hit parts of Bali, including Klungkung, Bangli, Denpasar, Badung and Tabanan. Mount Agung’s observatory post recorded the eruption at 3.21am local time.

The volcano was seen spewing ash up to around 2,000 meters from its peak, prompting the local disaster mitigation agency to take immediate precautionary action.

Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency head Made Rentin said on Sunday: “Our team has begun distributing face masks [to affected people].

The Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation raised Mount Agung’s alert level to the third of the four-tiered volcano alert system.

The centre warned: “Residents and tourists should steer clear of the danger zone within a 4-kilometer radius from the crater.”

The thick ash plume was seen blowing to the south-west.

There were no immediate reports of casualties but the volcano’s status remains on alert.

Two other volcanoes in Indonesia in close proximity to popular tourist destinations on the island of Java also continue to erupt.

Mount Bromo in East Java and Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta remain on standby, with exclusion zones also place.

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