Indonesia's Mount Agung volcano erupts

Xinhua
Mount Agung volcano in Bali resort island of Indonesia erupted on Tuesday, spewing a column of ashes up to the sky, a disaster agency official said.
Xinhua

Smoke began coming out from Mt Agung in the afternoon. 

Mount Agung volcano in Bali resort island of Indonesia erupted on Tuesday, spewing a column of ashes up to the sky, a disaster agency official said.

Mount Agung, located in Karang Asem district, about 70 km from the tourist hub Kuta, erupted at 17:05 p.m. (local time) and the activity is still going on, spokesman of the national disaster management agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, told Xinhua in a text message.

However, volcanologists have downgraded the alert level of the volcano to the second highest and narrowed the no-go zone, Sutopo said, adding that they have been monitoring the volcano.

So far, there are no immediate reports of casualties or damage caused by the eruption.

The number of evacuees has decreased to 29,245 from about 144,000 in October when the volcano was on the highest alert status, according to the agency.

The volcano last erupted in 1963, killing 1,100 people in the island.

Mount Agung is among the 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, a vast archipelagic country with 17,500 islands. 


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