The highest aviation warning during a volcanic eruption has been alerted by Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center ( PVMBG) from orange to red on Sunday as Mount Agung continued to spew a significant level of ash.
Mount Agung in Bali started erupting for the second time in a week on Saturday evening.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a released statement on Sunday said: “At 6:20 a.m. ( local time), the eruption reached between 3,000 and 4,000m from the summit with the ash moving in a southeast direction at a speed of 18km an hour.”
The good news, is, Mount Agung’s current eruption is still not considered dangerous. The authorities are still warning residents, though, not to hold any activities within 6 to 7.5 km radius from the volcano due to the alert status that remains at level 3 out of 4.
Routes to tourist-friendly Bali from cities in such countries as Australia, the Netherlands and Malaysia were canceled and re-routed on Saturday night and early Sunday morning as a result of the eruption.
Carriers were assessing the situation. Flights affected included those by airlines Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin, KLM and AirAsia.
Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency said that Mout Agung’s latest eruption produced a bigger ash cloud than the previous, initial eruption on Tuesday.