Indonesia's Mount Agung erupts for a second time

Indonesia's Mount Agung erupts for a second time

Indonesia's National Disaster Migitation Agency (BNPB) called for calm among the local community, from which around 25,000 people have been evacuated from the slopes of Agung to hundreds of refuge shelters.

Mount Agung
Mount Agung spews ash and towering clouds of smoke on Tuesday, heightening fears it may erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.

KARANGASEM, Indonesia: Indonesia's Mount Agung in Bali erupted for the second time on Saturday (Nov 25), spewing grey volcanic ash as high as 1,500m from the crater.

In a statement released on Saturday, Indonesia's National Disaster Migitation Agency (BNPB) said the eruption occurred at 5.30pm local time.

"The alert level on Mount Agung has not been raised, it remains at level 3. There has not been any increase in tremors and volcanic activities since the eruption this afternoon," said BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

The agency also called for calm among the local community, from which around 25,000 people have been evacuated from the slopes of Agung to hundreds of refuge shelters.

The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centre (PVMBG) will continue to monitor the volcano and has cautioned anyone from conducting any activities within a six-kilometre radius.

"Tactical guidance for departure and arrival aircraft has been applied. This hasn't endangered any flights," said a spokesman for Indonesia's Transportation Ministry.

However, several international flights, including from several cities in Australia and to the Netherlands and Malaysia, appeared to have been cancelled and re-routed on Saturday night as a result of the eruption, the official website of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport said.

These included flights operated by KLM, Qantas, AirAsia, and Virgin. Singapore Airlines said on its website all SIA flights to and from Denpasar are continuing to operate as scheduled "as of now".

So far, a total of eight international arrivals and 13 international departures have been cancelled, affecting a total of 2,087 passengers.

The airport authority said that the cancellations were done by individual airlines as a flight safety precaution.

However, it added that the airport is still safe and operating normally.

On Tuesday, a small eruption occurred on Mount Agung sending volcanic ash about 700m into the sky. This was the first eruption since 1963.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a travel notice urging Singaporeans to avoid travelling to Mount Agung amid fears of eruption. 

Source: CNA/Reuters/aa

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