Eruption Fears Of MT Agung In Bali Lead To Exodus

Published on : Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Eruption FearsThousands of residents living in the vicinity of a rumbling volcano on Indonesia’s Bali Island fled Wednesday as fears grow that it may erupt for the first time in more than five decades.

Mount Agung spewed smoke as high as 700 metres (2,300 feet) above its summit late Tuesday afternoon, sparking an exodus from the settlements near the mountain.

It may be noted that nearly 1,600 people died when Mt. Agung last erupted in 1963.
It stirred to life again in September, prompting about 140,000 people to leave the area. Many returned home after the volcano’s activity waned, but thousands are now fleeing again. Some 30,000 people remain displaced, officials said.

Disaster officials have warned that fresh activity at Mt. Agung could see it blow its top.
But the head of Indonesia’s volcanology centre urged people to remain calm and said the mountain’s alert level has not yet been raised.

“Yesterday there was smoke and steam as high as 700 metres, and last night there were tremors for quite a while – around three hours,” Kasbani, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP on Wednesday.

“The mountain continues to spew smoke, but there hasn’t been any big eruption so far.”
Mount Agung volcano on Bali spewed ash and steam today—but volcanologists say the eruption was caused by magma heating water, not the more dangerous eruption of magma itself.

Mt. Agung lies some 45 miles from Bali’s tourist areas, which attract millions of tourists every year.

Flights have not been affected so far, but officials have estimated that concerns about an eruption over the past few months have cost the island at least $110 million in lost tourism and productivity as many locals moved to shelters.

Indonesia lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent volcanic and seismic activities.


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