Bali's Mount Agung erupts, spewing ash 1.5km into air

The Mount Agung volcano in Bali erupted yesterday at about 11.50am local time, spewing ash as high as 1.5km above the crater. The eruption, which lasted about 21/2 minutes, did not affect any flights to the Indonesian island or cause any damage. The
The Mount Agung volcano in Bali erupted yesterday at about 11.50am local time, spewing ash as high as 1.5km above the crater. The eruption, which lasted about 21/2 minutes, did not affect any flights to the Indonesian island or cause any damage. The 3,000m-tall volcano first started spewing ash last November.PHOTO: BNPB

JAKARTA • Bali's Mount Agung volcano erupted yesterday, but there was no damage and flights to the Indonesian island were unaffected.

Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said the volcano erupted at about 11.50am local time, spewing ash as high as 1.5km above the crater. The eruption lasted about 2½ minutes.

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said: "There was no follow-up eruption. The exclusion zone is at a 4km radius."

Mount Agung lies some 70km from Bali's main airport and its top tourist areas, which attract some five million tourists annually.

The 3,000m-tall volcano has been periodically spewing molten clouds of ash and smoke for months. It first started spewing ash last November and its last significant eruption was on Jan 15.

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2018, with the headline 'Bali's Mount Agung erupts, spewing ash 1.5km into air'. Print Edition | Subscribe