Strong eruption at Agung volcano, ash rains down on Bali, Indonesia

Strong eruption at Agung volcano, ash rains down on Bali, Indonesia

A new eruption took place at Indonesian Mount Agung, Bali at 19:20 UTC on April 20, 2019 (03:20 local time, April 21). The eruption produced a column of ash up to 5.4 km (18 000 feet) above sea level.

Ashfall hit parts of Bali, including Klungkung, Bangli, Denpasar, Badung and Tabanan, local media reported.

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation maintains Alert Level at 3 of 4 and prevents access to danger zone established 4 km (2.5 miles) around the crater.

Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency said its team began distributing masks to affected residents.

The eruption has not affected the operation of at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, the Jakarta Post reported.

Airport officials said they continue monitoring conditions and will act accordingly.

Current satellite imagery indicates that volcanic ash from the earlier eruption has now dissipated, the Darwin VAAC said 02:35 UTC, April 21. "No other information source indicates an ongoing eruption. Advisory terminated."

The 1963 eruption of Mount Agung is considered one of the world's largest eruptions of the 20th century. Nearly 1 600 people were killed.

Geological summary

Symmetrical Agung stratovolcano, Bali's highest and most sacred mountain, towers over the eastern end of the island. The volcano, whose name means " Paramount," rises above the SE caldera rim of neighboring Batur volcano, and the northern and southern flanks of Agung extend to the coast.

The 3142-m-high (10 308 feet) summit contains a steep-walled, 500-m-wide (1 640 feet), 200-m-deep (656 feet) crater. The flank cone Pawon is located low on the SE side.

Only a few eruptions dating back to the early 19th century have been recorded in historical time. The 1963-64 eruption, one of the world's largest of the 20th century, produced voluminous ashfall along with devastating pyroclastic flows and lahars that caused extensive damage and many fatalities.

Featured image: Eruption of Mount Agung on April 20, 2019. Credit: YC9CCS ORARI Lokal Karangasem

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