Eruption at Mount Agung ejects ash up to 5.5 km a.s.l., Aviation Color Code Red

Eruption at Mount Agung ejects ash up to 5.5 km a.s.l., Aviation Color Code Red

Indonesian Mount Agung experienced another moderately strong eruption at 14:29 UTC on May 12, 2019, ejecting volcanic ash up to 5.5 km (18 000 feet) above sea level.

The eruption lasted 2 minutes and 16 seconds, with a maximum amplitude of 25 mm.

The Aviation Color Code has been raised to Red.

The society remained calm and there is no need to evacuate, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

Bali remains safe and comfortable and the Ngurah Rai IGK Airport remains operating normally, he said.

The volcanic alert level remains 3, with a danger zone of 4 km (2.5 miles).

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: Mount Agung eruption at 22:31 LT, May 12, 2019. Kupuindahresort.com

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