• Drones deployed by National Disaster Mitigation Agency to monitor activity at Bali’s Mount Agung volcano

    Mount Agung on Oct. 11, 2017. Photo via PVMBG

    The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has deployed three drones this week to monitor the conditions of Bali’s rumbling and smoking volcano, Mount Agung.

    The volcano, located in Bali’s Karangasem regency, about 75 kilometers from tourist-hub Kuta, is threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963.

    These drones are a grade above than the average hobby pilot you see on the beach, according to BNPB chief Willem Rampangilei, who said they have a multiroter, a wasp, and a Koax 3.0—the latter which can go up to 4,000 meters altitude.

    The drones are being used to survey Agung, starting from Pura Pasar Agung Selat, Rumah Pohon Tulamben, and Kubu.

    The public can monitor Agung, themselves, from home (or anywhere really with internet access) via a livestream set up by Telksomsel and the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG), which has CCTVs posted at two different points, overlooking the volcano.

    Mount Agung has been on level IV, the highest alert level for an eruption, since it was upgraded on Sept. 22. A danger zone of nine to 12 kilometers from the volcano’s crater has been set up, and posts are now up to block people from climbing up the volcano that could erupt at any moment–yes that’s a real problem

    PVMBG has been recording hundreds of volcanic earthquakes daily, an unprecedented level since Agung’s 1963 eruption. All the rumbling, along with a fissure vent that’s opened up at the crater, signal rising magma.

    Though the volcano has been on level IV for nearly three weeks, its status hasn’t been downgraded for a reason. Volcanologists have said they believe an eruption is “more likely” than no eruption, it’s just unclear when that will, which has stranded an estimated 185,865 evacuees who have left their homes from inside the danger zone.

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/drones-deployed-national-disaster-mitigation-agency-monitor-balis-mount-agung-volcano/
    Re-posted by Pande

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