JAKARTA: Indonesia’s Mount Agung volcano in Bali has let out a puff of black smoke and ash in a small eruption, prompting Singapore to advise its citizens to be ready to evacuate the holiday island at short notice amid concern about a bigger eruption.
Authorities have not changed the alert status on Agung, which remains at one level below the highest, and there have been no reports of flight cancellations.
“Singaporeans should defer non-essential travel to the affected areas of the island at this juncture,” Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a travel notice yesterday.
“You should also be ready to evacuate at short notice.”
Eruptions could result in ash clouds that may in turn “severely disrupt air travel”, it added.
Agung looms menacingly over eastern Bali at a height of just over 3,000m. It last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,000 people and razing several villages.
Indonesia has nearly 130 volcanoes, more than any other country. Many of them show high levels of activity, but it can be months before an eruption. — Reuters