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Dramatic Video Shows The Moment A Volcano In Bali Erupts, Sending Lava Flying

Emily Reily 22 Apr 2019

Mount Agung, in Bali, Indonesia, exploded on Sunday, sending hot lava and ash into the atmosphere.

Volcanic Ash Covers Area Around Site

Ash settled on areas like Klungkung, Bangli, Denpasar, Badung and Tabanan, though Bali's main airport remained unaffected, according to the [Jakarta Post](Klungkung, Bangli, Denpasar, Badung and Tabanan).

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Video Footage Shows Moment of Eruption

Video of one of the eruptions was recorded and posted on YouTube. Though the video is shot at night, lava can be seen spewing onto the mountain as a plume of smoke rises.

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Eruption Happened Overnight

The Post writes that the explosion took place around 3 a.m. local time, when ash was sent about more than 6,500 feet into the sky.

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Alert Level Is High

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The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation says Mount Agung's alert level remains at 3-4: “Residents and tourists should steer clear of the danger zone within a 4-kilometer radius from the crater."

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Other Volcanic Sites On Standby

news.com says Mount Bromo, in East Java, and Mount Merapi, in Yogyakarta, are on standby.

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Stay Away From Area

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says there's no need to panic, but people should avoid the "danger zone."

“This a normal situation of an active volcano and there is no need for the public to panic, as long as they remain outside the danger zone. Don’t try to get closer to the crater to document the volcanic activity in the crater,” Nugroho says.

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