Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - An eruption occurred in Mount Agung in Karangasem District, Bali, Friday, sending a nearly two thousand-meter-high flume of thick ash into the air from its peak, which is some 5,142 meters above sea level.

The seismogram recorded that the eruption lasted for three minutes and 37 seconds and had a maximum amplitude of 22 mm, Made Rentin, the Bali disaster mitigation office head, stated here, Thursday.

The eruption could be audible from the Rendang volcano observation post in Karangasem.

The office has handed out face masks to the visitors at the Besakih Hindu temple.

The authorities have maintained the volcano's alert status at level three and declared a danger zone within a four-kilometer radius of the crater.

Those residing along the river banks around the volcano have also been urged to maintain vigil in case of possible secondary danger arising from lava rains.

Translator: I Komang,Suparta, Fardah
Editor: Suharto
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