YOEXPLORE.co.id – Quoted from Tribunnews about the Mount Agung Eruption update, the condition of Mount Agung in Karangasem Regency, Bali has not stable yet. From 28 June 2018, there have been several eruptions that spewed ashes up to 2000 m above the mountain. On June 29, 2018, Ngurah Rai International Airport was reported to be closed due to the ashes in the air.
Mount Agung Eruptions On July 2, 2018
On July 2, 2018, there were some eruptions happened. Early in the morning, around 06.15, the mountain sent hot ashes to up to 2000 m into the open air. The second Mount Agung eruption on the day was at 06.41 am, a slightly weaker than the first one, spewed the ashes to 1000 m above the mountain. The third eruption was at 06.55 am, the weakest of the three eruptions, only threw ashes to 700 m into the air. As the wind direction is to the west, there was no disturbance on the flights in the major airports near Bali.
At 9.14 pm local time, there was one more eruption. The eruption came with a bang and catapulted thick cloud of ashes to up to 2000 meter into the air. Besides that, there was some volcanic debris threw and spread to up to 2 kilometers around the mountain. Due to the hot debris, there was a forest fire near the top of the mountain. The fire first was confused as the magma flow, but later on, the geological agency gives more information. The flame indeed was the forest fire, not the magma flow. The fire happens because the hot debris ignited the fire in the forest area.
According to the Geological agency, the eruption is classified as “strombolian eruption”. This kind of eruption is the mildest type of eruption. This eruption happens because the topmost layer of lava has already hardened, but the pressure from below keep pushing the layers.
Current Condition- Mount Agung Eruption
As per the latest report released on July 2, 2018, the condition of Mount Agung has been in level three. Although there were eruptions and lava ejected from the mountain the authority didn’t change the status to the highest level, 4. The safe zone was 4 kilometers from the base of Mount Agung. However, following the eruption on July 2, some people who stayed in the village about 4-5 kilometers from the mountain started to do an evacuation. The official has instructed them to take shelters within the Karangasem Regency to make coordination easier. The authority also told the people around Mount Agung to keep alert.
The last eruption happened this morning (3 July 2018) at 4.13 am, as reported by Tribunnews. Ngurah Rai International Airport was not closed because the ashes were not moving toward the airport direction. However, the authority will do the hourly evaluation to determine whether the airport need to be closed or not.
Moreover, the area affected and considered not safe is limited to 4 km around the mountain. Other areas such as Ubud, Denpasar, Kuta, and Nusa Dua are safe. So, you can still enjoy your holiday in other parts of Bali that not affected by Mount Agung Eruption.
sources: Tribunnews.com (in Bahasa Indonesia)