Mt. Agung Showed Phreatic Activities: Communities to Remain Calm, Not to Panic
Bali: The Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNBP) described Mount Agung`s eruption today (21/11) at 17.05 local time as phreatic.
The smoke is observed in medium pressure with a thick grey colour and a maximum height of about 700 m above the peak. It is understood the ash is blowing weakly toward the east-southeast of the island. Mount Agung, is located in Karangasem Regency – the eastern part of Bali.
Phreatic activity is a stream-driven explosion that occurs when water beneath the ground or on the surface is heated by molten rock, known as magma, lava, hot rocks or new volcanic deposits.
The Indonesian Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigtion Center (PVMBG) is analysing the volcanic activities. The status is still the same – level three (alert). The volcanic activities have not shown any increase in earthquakes.
Communities are being urged to remain calm and requested to follow the PVMBG recommendation to stay away from areas within 6 to 7.5 km radius of the volcano.
Bali is still safe for tourist to travel. However, people should avoid the 6 to 7.5 km volcano exclusion zone as specified by the PVMBG. The Ngurah Rai International Airport is operating normally.
PVMBG will be updating the latest information continuously. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency, the National Armed Force, The Naional Police and the local government, related government institutions and volunteers are on guard to assist residents.