Mt. Agung Eruption Causes Tremors, No Panic

Mount Agung in Bali on Thursday afternoon (11/01) again spewed ashes 2,500 meters above its crater and caused tremors. (Photo courtesy of BNPB)

By : Telly Nathalia | on 10:59 PM January 11, 2018
Category : News, Featured, Disasters

Jakarta. Mount Agung in Bali on Thursday afternoon (11/01) again spewed ashes 2,500 meters above its crater and caused tremors but not panic, National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB, spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said in a statement.

Sutopo said the tremors lasted 13o seconds. Volcanic ashes covered Tulamben, Rubaya and Dukuh Kubu on the mountain's slope. Winds may move the ashes north and northeast of the volcano.

"[Mount Agung's] seismic activity remains high, with continuous tremors," Sutopo said, adding that danger zone is still in the range of six kilometers from the top of the mountain.

Those who live in the zone, 53,207 people, remain at makeshift shelters.

The fresh eruption did not disturb Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, Sutopo said.

Since September, the volcano's eruptions have caused Rp 9 trillion ($673 million) losses for Bali alone and Rp 19 trillion losses for the state, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

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