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Bali Remains Safe: Mount Agung Eruption on April 30th Posed No Threat to Civil Aviation.
Following another eruption of the Mount Agung Volcano at 10:34 pm on Monday, April 30, 2018, the Indonesian Director General of Civil Aviation has affirmed that operations at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport remain safe.

The Director General of Civil Aviation, Agus Santoso, referencing scientific observations of the volcano by the Center for Volcanic and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) and AIRNAV Indonesia, said, “Flight operations in Bali, Lombok, Ujung Pandang or Makassar, and Banyuwangi continue to operate normally.”

Santoso’s comments were made on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, and were reported by Kompas.com. The Director General of Civil Aviation said that based on observations in the field and Himawari-8 radar readouts from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Darwin no clouds of volcanic ash have been detected in flight corridors for Bali, Lombok and surrounding areas.

Santoso recommended that all parties connected with aviation to remain steadfast in monitoring the situation, reminding that Mount Agung remains at a Level III (Siaga) status issued by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

At the same time, Santoso kept open the option of possibly diverting flight routes around Bali should a future, larger eruption of Mount Agung occur. The Director General said his office would continue to evaluate all aspects of aviation safety, deciding what steps may be required to ensure the safety of air passengers. “I ask the public and air passengers to patiently understand if there are delays in the future linked to an eruption. Nonetheless, at the this time, I wish to affirm that there is no disruption to flight operations and flights to and from Bali continue to operate normally,” said Santoso.

Based on reports issued by PVMBG, Mount Agung erupted on Monday evening, April 30, 2018, creating a column of ash some 1,500 meters above the crater’s rim. The ash dispersed to the west of the mountain at a rate of about 5 knots.

The PVMBG observation post near Mount Agung measured maximum amplitude of 23 millimeters and seismic tremors lasting 172 seconds in connection with the eruption. This was a single eruption with no subsequent eruptions taking place. Light dustings of volcanic ash were experienced in the village of Sawan near Singaraja, north Bali.

National Disaster Mitigation officials confirmed that no evacuation of local residents took place in connection with the eruption and that the overall condition of Bali remains safe.

(Image Courtesy of Penny Williams, Bali Asli)
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