Saturday, 7 October 2017

PVMBG on Mount Agung Seen Emitting Gray Steam

Bali news and views editor's comments. 

It's important to be reminded that although Mount Agung's  activity appears to be dangerous that even if it goes as bad  as it did in 1963 there's little chance of anybody being hurt or killed outside the danger zone which is only 12 km from perimeter from the cone. 

Therefore my family and I who live on the beach 40 km away feel completely safe 

Tourists that are already here or planning on coming here who are staying  and touring in  Southern in places such as Sanur, Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta and even further south  have nothing to  fear at all unless of course it goes off far worst than 1963.

In fact many may want to recognize it as an opportunity to see a rare once in a lifetime event if it was too erupt. 

Something you will remember and reflect back on the rest of your life.

Saturday, 07 October 2017 | 18:20 WIB
Volcanic status of Mount Agung increased from Standby Alert (Level III) to Warning (Level IV).

KARANGASEM, NETRALNEWS.COM - Head of Volcano Mitigation Division of Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) Gede Suantika said emission of gray steam (solfatara) on the crater of Mount Agung (Gunung Agung) is due to the reflection of light in the morning.

"I affirm the color of smoke coming out of Mount Agung is still white and not yet gray," said Gede Suantika when met at the Observation Post of Mount Agung, Karangasem, Bali, Saturday (10/07/2017).

He said Mount Agung, which is at an altitude of 3,142 meters above sea level, has not yet issued volcanic ash.

"We will continue to monitor and until now there has been no change in steam color," he said.

Until now, the status of Mount Agung is still at Warning level or level IV. PVMBG still provides information to the community so as not to climb the mountain and enter vulnerable zones.

"We urge [people] not to enter the zone, because the Mount Agung is still critical. I hope the people and tourists do not get into this warning radius," he said. Meanwhile, Head of Eastern Volcano Mitigation Division Devy Kamil Syahbana said the smoke coming out of the crater of Mount Agung is still dominant in white.

Devy explained that the earthquake activity of Mount Agung has not decreased yet, as recorded on Friday (10/06) seismic activity happened up to 700 more with details of volcanic earthquake occurring 601 times, shallow volcanic quake 350 times, local tectonic quake 72 times and deep tectonic quake twice.

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