A Minor Dust Up

Mount Agung Eruption in the Early Hours of Sunday, April 21, 2019 Leaves Layer of Volcanic Dust Over Large Areas of Bali

Mount Agung Volcano in Bali erupted again at 3:21 am on Sunday, April 21, 2019, emitting an ash cloud to an estimated 2000 meters above the crater or 5,142 feet above sea level before dissipating in a southwesterly direction.

The dust cloud left a layer of dust in many areas of Bali, including some areas of Denpasar. Magma Indonesia reported the eruption had am amplitude of 25 mm and lasted 2 minutes and 55 seconds.

Beritabali.com reports that a rapid response disaster mitigation team responded to areas affected by the volcanic ash to distribute 3,000 protective breathing masks and assess the extent of the blanket of falling ash. No injuries have been attributed to the eruption. Ash covered large areas of the Regency of Karangasem and extended to Karangasem, Bangli, Klungkung, and as far south of the City of Denpasar. Mask were also distributed to pedestrians joining a weekly car-free day held each Sunday morning in the City of Klungkung.

In Denpasar, traces of volcanic ash landed on vehicles parked in the Biaung area of East Jakarta and along Sanur Beach. Ash falls were also recorded in Gianyar, Klungkung, and Bangli.

Flight operations were unaffected at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and no lingering volcanic dust cloud warning was issued by the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center.

Later on Sunday, at 6:56 pm another, even larger, eruption occurred sending stream of hot over a radius covering 3 kilometers from the volcanoes peak. The sound of the explosive eruption was heard over a wide area but no evacuation of local residents took place.

Flight operations were not disrupted by either of Sunday’s eruptions.