Bali volcano update LIVE: Mount Sinabung erupts as Mount Agung rumbles | World | News


  • Mount Sinabung has erupted in North Sumatra, blasting ash thousands of metres from the volcano
  • Residents near Sinabung warned to beware of flowing lava
  • Mount Agung in Bali producing dangerous mudflows known as lahars 
  • Volcano warning stands at maximum level in both Bali and North Sumatra

Here is the latest news and live updates on Sinabung and Agung (all times in GMT). 

10.59am: Sinabung locals told to brace for flowing lava

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), has urged residents living near Mount Sinabung to beware of lava flowing down the side of the volcano. 

He said: “Thank God, no fatalities have been reported.

“Residents who live near the rivers upstream from Sinabung must be watchful for lava.”

10.34am: Bali volcano producing ‘dangerous’ lahars

Following yesterday’s eruption, Mount Agung is producing deadly mudflows, known as lahars, in Bali. 

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has urged locals to stay away from the “dangerous” torrents of debris. 

He tweeted: “Rain lava floods bring the material eruption of Mount Agung on the Yeh Sah River from 13/1/2018 at 16:15 pm [local time]. 

“Do not watch on the bridge. Dangerous”

9.59am: Mount Sinabung refugees permanent dwellings or shelters

The Vice Governor of North Sumatra, Hj Nurhajizah Marpaung, has confirmed that all those displaced by Mount Sinabung have been moved to shelters in various locations on the island. 

He is quoted by Antara News as saying: “In accordance with the wishes of the Government and the direction of President Joko Widodo, there are no more residents in the refugee camps.”

“If something happens to society, we must remain compact and cooperate, especially as Sinabung eruption has been going on for a long time,” he added.

Nearly 7,300 people and more than 2,100 families have been forced from their homes since Mount Sinabung began erupting. 

The volcano alert remains at the maximum level four. 

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