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Bali volcano update LIVE: Mount Agung and Mount Sinabung erupt to life | World | News

  • Mount Agung erupted at around 7.23am local time on Monday, spewing volcanic ash 2,000m in the sky
  • The ash covered the villages of Kesimpar and Kertamandala Kec Abang, however no casualties were reported 
  • Mount Sinabung started erupting on Saturday for the first time in 2018
  • The volcano spew a dense grey column of smoke hundreds of metres into the sky 

Here is the latest news and lives updates on Agung and Sinabung (all times in GMT). 

7.43pm: Mount Sinabung erupts for first time in 2018 

Mount Sinabung which is located 1,400 miles away from Mount Agung in Northern Sumatra started erupting for the first time in 2018 on Saturday.

Around a fortnight ago, it started spewing huge plumes of smoke into the skies above the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), said the eruption did not cause any casualties.

However after smoke billowed into the sky two weeks ago, on Friday in the dead of night, the volcano started oozing red lava and lava began to roll down Mount Sinabung.

“Residents who live near the rivers upstream from Sinabung must be watchful for lava,” Mr Nugroho said. 

The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency has warned against locals getting near the danger zone which is within three to seven-kilometers around Mount Sinabung’s crater.

The incredibly frequent eruptions of the huge volcano have prompted authorities to put up permanent signs to warn people against going anywhere near it.

6.41pm: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all travel to within 10 kilometres of Mount Agung in East Bali due to ongoing volcanic activity.

“This area is mostly covered by an existing exclusion zone put in place by the local authorities, which extends between 8 and 10kms from the crater. If you’re in this area, you should leave immediately” the advice stated. 

“During previous eruptions, areas beyond 10km have also been affected by mud/debris flows (particularly in valleys) and volcanic ash falls. While in Bali, you should therefore monitor local media, exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.” 

The advice stated the disruption could continue for some time and further disruption cannot be ruled out. 

If you’re planning to travel to Bali, you should read the travel advice in full and use this checklist and information page from the British Embassy in Jakarta to make sure you’re fully prepared before you travel. 

5.55pm: Mount Agung in ‘active eruption phase’

Mount Agung started erupting at 7.23am local time and spew volcanic ash 2,000 metres into the air.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of the National Agency for Disastser Management (BNPB), said the eruption was of a medium intensity.

Ngurah Rai airport is still operating normally and thin grey rain fell in the village of Kesimpar and Kertamandala Kec Abang. 

No casualties have been reported following the eruption. 

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