Eruptions continue at Agung volcano, Bali, airports operating normally

Eruptions continue at Agung volcano, Bali, airports operating normally

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Eruptions continue at Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia. Volcanic ash is rising up to 5 km (17 000 feet) above sea level but all airports are operating normally at this time.

Agung was quiet for most of Sunday, July 1, 2018 before a moderate eruption at 22:19 UTC (06:19 local time, July 2). The eruption lasted 3 minutes and 47 seconds, ejecting a thick gray column of ash up to 5 km (17 000 feet) above sea level.

"The eruption did not cause the volcanic ash to spread and airport operations in Bali and the surrounding areas remain normal," BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Image credit: PVMBG-BG-KESDM, MAGMA Indonesia via Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

Two additional eruptions took place at 05:11 and 05:43 UTC, July 2. Volcanic ash was clearly discernible on satellite imagery and webcams, rising up to 4 km (13 000 feet) above sea level.

At this time, all airports are operating normally.

Agung is showing signs of increased activity since Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28, 2018, when eruptions produced a dense plume of ash that rose up to 5 km (16 404 feet) above sea level. 

This activity forced temporary cancellations of flights to and out of Bali.

Featured image: Eruption of Mount Agung on July 1, 2018. Credit: PVMBG-BG-KESDM, MAGMA Indonesia via Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

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