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MAGMA PRESS RELEASE Eruption Mt Agung 11 January 2018

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MAGMA PRESS RELEASE Eruption of Mt Agung 11 January 2018 at 5.54pm

Mount Agung (Gunung Agung) in Karangasem regency Bali, Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 17:54 WITA again erupted with the height of the eruption column reaching about 2500 meters above the peak or about 5600 meters above sea level. The maximum amplitude is 27 mm (overscale) and duration of 130 seconds. In addition to the vicinity of the peak area, volcanic ash is spread mainly to the North and Northeast following the wind direction. In accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in an effort to improve the safety of air transportation, the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) issued VONA (Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation) with ORANGE color codes.

Mount Agung which is 3142 meters high shows its activity since September 2017 and to this day still shows high level of volcanic activity. Starting with a series of volcanic earthquakes to reach more than 27 thousand incidents, Mount Agung erupted for the first time on 21 November 2017. The maximum intensity of observed eruption to date occurred on 27-28 November 2017 where the height of the eruption column of ash reaches about 4000 meters above the peak Mount Agung or more than 7000 meters above sea level. Until now, Gunung Agung's activity status is still at Level IV (Caution) with a recommendation of hazard area that is within a radius of 6 km.

It should be understood together that the occurrence of eruption of Mount Agung in the status of Beware (Caution) is commonplace considering the relatively high volcanic activity. The impact of the eruption that could endanger the human life directly on land is still localized within the Recommended Hazards Zone by PVMBG within a 6 km radius of the summit crater of Mount Agung. Outside the danger zone, the potential danger is still small in the form of ash rain exposed thin. The dangers of volcanic ash on the land can be minimized by the community by always preparing and using a mask covering the nose and mouth as well as eye and skin protection when eruption takes place. The impact of the eruption in the form of volcanic ash in the air can endanger the flight does not interfere with the flight operation of Ngurah Rai Airport because the wind is blowing north and north east.

Related to the eruption and considering the still high volcanic activity of Gunung Agung, local people and visitors are urged to follow the government's appeal, not to engage in any activity within a radius of 6 km from the summit of Gunung Agung. Meanwhile, people and visitors who are outside the radius of 6 km can still move normally, but to keep vigilance. Local people and visitors are expected to remain calm and not hooked on the issue of false news (hoax) is not clear source. PVMBG continuously monitors Gunung Agung's activities with multi-method continuously 24 hours daily to provide the best service to the community through early warning and always put the safety of the human soul as the top priority.

 

Data source:
Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation
Geological Agency
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources

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