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  • Mount Agung erupted at about 7:22 pm local time and lasted for four minutes and 30 seconds.

    Mount Agung erupted at about 7:22 pm local time and lasted for four minutes and 30 seconds. | Photo: Wayan Kartika/via Reuters

Published 25 May 2019

Rocks were also emitted from the volcano over a distance of about three kilometers from the summit, Indonesian officials stated.

Multiple overnight flights between Bali and Australia were canceled after the Indonesian island’s Mount Agung volcano erupted, according to officials Saturday.  

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An ash cloud form in the sky and the volcano spewed lava which extended several kilometers from the crater. Rocks were also emitted over a distance of about three kilometers from the summit, Indonesian officials stated.

Mount Agung, which is located in eastern Bali, erupted at about 7:22 pm local time. The eruption reportedly lasted for four minutes and 30 seconds.

“The ash column could not be observed. Thundering sounds from the eruption were heard adequately strong from the monitoring post,” Indonesia’s Center of Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) noted. 

But the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin warned that the ash plume had risen to an estimated 4,600 meters high or flight level 150.

Some 50,000 masks were made available as a precaution measure, though the alert level on the volcano remains unchanged, the authorities said.

There were no reports of casualties and there have been no evacuations.

The volcano experienced a major eruption in 1963 and resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 people and razed several villages.

Mount Agung lays on the dreaded Ring of Fire.

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