Indonesia: Mount. Agung erupts again

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Mount Agung in Bali erupts again but does not cause any disruptions to flights.

Mount Agung erupted again at 11:49 a.m. on Tuesday, spewing a plum of ash 1.5 kilometers into the air.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency's (BNPB) spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the eruption lasted 140 seconds, and did not appear to cause any disruptions to the daily activities of local residents nor to flights.

"The airport's operations continue to run as normal and no effects have been seen," Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport spokesperson Arie Ahsanurrohim said.

The intensity of the ash was assessed as medium, but no further eruptions followed.

Light ash fell in Pandan Sari, Dukuh village, Kubu subdistrict in Karangasem.

The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) said the alert status for Mt. Agung remained at level 3, with a 4 km exclusion zone declared around the crater.

PVMBG has installed a detector on Mt. Agung to serve as an early warning system.

Mt. Agung began erupting for the first time since 1963 in August last year. On Feb. 10, the authorities lowered the alert status of the volcano from level 4, the highest level, following a decrease in volcanic activity.

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