Mount Agung erupts again after weeks at 'rest'

Mount Agung erupts again after weeks at 'rest'

Agung eruption Feb 13
Bali's Mount Agung erupted again at around noon on Tuesday (Feb 13), mere days after the status was lowered from the hazardous level. (Photo: Twitter/Sutopo_PN)

JAKARTA: Volcanic Mount Agung in Bali erupted again on Tuesday (Feb 13) after being in a state of ‘rest’ for several weeks.

The last eruption was on Jan 2.

According to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, the latest eruption, at 11.49am local time, emitted a thick plume of smoke and ash cloud as high as 1,500 metres.

The status of the volcanic eruptions is still in Level III (Standby) after it was lowered from Level IV (Hazardous) last Saturday.

Local authorities ordered the public not to carry out any activity within a 4km radius of the crater.

Business was as usual at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, which was shuttered for at least three consecutive days in November due to high activity from the volcano. 

Source: Bernama/hs