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    Mount Agung Issued Volcanic Ash, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport is Closed


    BANDUNG - Mount Agung in Bali issued smoke and volcanic ash since Thursday (28/06) at 10.30 WITA to this day, Friday (29/06), early morning has caused ash rains in the west to southwest.

    Head of Data Center for Information and Public Relations of National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that due to the event, Himawari satellite data from BMKG showed that volcanic ash had covered the air space coordinates I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

    "Because this condition is based on Coordination Meeting of Mount Agung Impact Management on flight operation at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport on Friday (29/06) at 00.05 WITA it is decided Closing Aerodrome is recommended starting 29/6/2018 at 03.00 WITA until 7 pm.

    Some operators have made a cancel flight decision with safety reasons. For flight canceled flight on 28/6/2018, for 48 departures and arrivals with 8,334 passengers, the international flight is 38 flight with 6,611 passengers and 10 flight with 1,723 passengers.

    A number of airlines that cancel flights due to this incident are Air Asia, Jet Star, Qantas and Virgin.

    Meanwhile, the results of visual monitoring at Gunung Agung Observation Post PVMBG in Rendang, until Friday (29/06) at 06.00 WITA, Mount Agung still issued volcanic ash and crater flame reddish color with stable intensity with a height of ash column reaches 2,500 meters.

    Status is still Standby (Level 3) and it can not be predicted until how long its duration is effusive because microtremor is still detected on PVMBG seismograph tool which indicates the movement of magma to the surface with dangerous radius fixed within a radius of 4 km from the top of the crater. (Parno)

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