The activity of the Agung has clearly changed during the night. After the Bali volcano clouded the air with smoke 1,500m above its summit yesterday, this early morning magmatic eruption sent a large ash plume at a height of more than 4,000 meters above the volcanic peak. The ash cloud is heading towards ENE and Lombok Island, where small ashfalls have already been reported. Thousands of people living nearby had already been forced to flee over fears it would erupt when smoke filled the air on Tuesday. People living within 7.5km (4.5 miles) of the mountain have been told to evacuated. Bali’s airport is operating normally, but some airlines have cancelled their flights. The volcano last erupted in 1963, killing 1,600 people.
Mass evacuations also took place in September when Mount Agung showed signs of erupting, forcing more than 120,000 from their homes.
Many had since returned after the volcano appeared to be calming, but fresh fears of eruption have caused more chaos for residents.
After the last eruption, around 25,000 people have been evacuated to more than 200 temporary shelters.
Gome-2 satellite detected the sulfur dioxide emitted by the eruption; this morning at 9:30 local, the flow of SO2 was estimated at 1,000-2,000 tons, a value qualified with certainty of magmatic. The BNPB also claims that the eruptions have a magmatic character since last night.
Low seismic activity is recorded at the volcano
The VONA for Agung is now Red, while the volcanic alert level remains at III, for now.