Sunday Morning Gunung Agung Bali Eruption Again

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Sunday, December 24 2017 - 15:00 IWST

Ilustrasi Gunung Agung Bali (Foto Ist)
Ilustrasi Gunung Agung Bali (Foto Ist)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - Mount Agung erupted again on Sunday at 10:05 WITA with a thick gray smoke as high as a column of volcanic ash about 2,500 meters above the top of the crater leading to the northeast.

Head of Information and Public Relations Data Center of National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho in a press release in Jakarta, Sunday (24/12/2017), said the eruption was only briefly about 10 minutes.

On Saturday (23/12) at 11:57 WITA, Mount Agung also erupted with a thick gray smoke as high as about 2,500 meters inclined to the northeast. Ash rain accompanied by thin sand occurs around the slopes of Mount Agung, as in Tulamben and Kubu.

"There is no destructive impact from the two eruptions, the activities of the people in Bali are normal, in fact many people around Bali enjoy the eruption, there is no panic in the community," he said.

Sutopo said, volcanic activity of Mount Agung is still high. The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) to date still establishes Mount Agung Awas status (level 4) since its effect on 27 November.

However, the Beware status is valid only at a radius of 8-10 kilometers from the summit of Mount Agung crater.

"This means that people are prohibited from doing any activity within a radius of 8-10 kilometers from the top of the crater outside the area of ​​activity can run normally and still remain safe," he said.

Sutopo continues, the Vulcan Observatory Notice for Aviation code for Mount Agung is Orange. Nevertheless, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar and Lombok International Airport operate normally and safely.

He added that during the rainy season until April 2018, the wind direction in Bali will be dominant to the east-southeast so that I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar will be safe.

Meanwhile, the number of refugees eruption of Mount Agung is currently recorded 71,045 people spread across 239 points of refuge. The distribution of refugees are 42,928 people in Karangasem regency, 11,441 people in Klungkung regency, 9,938 people in Buleleng regency, 977 people in Bangli regency, 3,502 people in Gianyar regency, 205 people in Jembrana district, 730 in Tabanan regency, 590 inhabitants in Badung regency, and 734 people in Denpasar City.

Related to the lifting of the emergency response status of Gunung Agung eruption handling, Sutopo said it will not change the refugee handling assistance. He explained that the emergency response status was given for ease of access in administration despite the frightening impression.

"For this reason the Presidential Regulation is currently being arranged for ease of access in administration, logistic and financial assistance to continue to assist the handling of refugees and the impacts of Mount Agung eruption," he said.

He urged the public to remain calm, and insisted the eruption is not dangerous as long as it is beyond the radius that PVMBG has established.

"Bali is safe and normal Do not be afraid to visit Bali Currently the number of tourists both domestic and overseas continues to increase Follow the latest developments of Gunung Agung from Magma PVMBG Ask BPBD Posko Utama and National Assessment Posts BNPB associated with Mount Agung," imbaunya.

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