Karangasem, Bali (ANTARA News) - Mount Agung in Bali erupted again on Saturday, spewing volcanic ash up to a height of 2,500 meters.

An official from the Center of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG), Devy Syahbana, noted here that the eruption took place at 11:57 am Central Indonesia Time (3:57 am GMT).

He said the volcanic ash cloud drifted in the northeastward direction following the wind that blew softly toward the east and northeast.

The column of smoke was visible from the main monitoring center in Tansh Ampo located some 22 kilometers away.

Several days ago, President Joko Widodo visited Bali and took a picture with foreign tourists.

The PVMBG noted that based on the monitoring reports made once in six hours from 6 a.m. to noon, the volcano, considered to be sacred by the local Hindus, was still showing signs of volcanic activity.

The mountain was recorded to have erupted once, with an amplitude of 26 millimeters, for 120 seconds, emitting a gust thrice, causing low-intensity tremors four times, and shallow volcanic tremors thrice.

Due to the unceasing activity of the volcano, the PVMBG has banned people from entering an eight- to 10-kilometer radius from the crater's peak, beyond which activities can be carried out safely and normally.

Reporter: I Made Wiguna
Editor: Ade P Marboen
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