• GUNUNG AGUNG UPDATE: PVMBG: It’s Happened Fracture in Mount Agung, Next Potential Tremor And Lava Out

    DENPASAR – Head of Mitigation, Volcanology, and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, I Gede Suantika confirmed that there have been fissures in the crater of the great mountains.

    After the fracture, according to Suantika, the volcano has the potential of tremor earthquake and lava discharge. “Yeah that way (Tremor and lava discharge), so the possibility of lava flow will come from there,” said Suantika to media crew via telephone, Friday (29/09/2017).

    Suantika also revealed, during the observation of the last two days, white smoke began routinely seen out of the crater of Mount Agung. In fact, before the smoke is rarely seen and never even seen from afar.

    “In the past, the white steam can not be seen from a distance, it can only be seen from the crater, but now it can be seen from a distance, it means that the gas pressure coming out is bigger,” he explained. The regular exit of smoke from the crater of Mount Agung, Suantika continued, is possible because of the expansion of the solfatara area.

    Suantika also reiterated that currently Mount Agung is still level IV (Awas), and still critical. “So it is ready to erupt,” he said.

    Kasubid Mitigasi Volcano, PVMBG, KESDM, Devi Kemil said, from satellite images have seen a tear or fracture in the crater of Mount Agung.Terlihatnya this fracture along with increased volcanic activity in the body of Mount Agung.

    “In the middle there is a small tear and there is smoke out of it. The reason is yes because there is an earthquake that we feel so far, if the liquid lava has not come out,” said Devi Kemil, Thursday (28/09/2017).

    The existence of the fracture, according to Devi shows the manifestation of movement of magma that continues to the surface. In addition to crater fractures, satellite imagery also shows an increasingly hot image.

    Based on the monitoring since July 2017, the increase of hot image is increasingly significant in September 2017. The increase of heat image is also in line with the increasing of the intensity of the earthquake, both volcanic and tectonic.

    Based on the last observation the size of the hot image ranges in the area of ​​100-120 m². “Can not be sure but the range is 100 -120 meters on the northeast side,” Devi said.
    Although visible heat image but the movement of magma to the surface has not been seen.

    However, the existence of these two indications certainly shows the movement of magma to the surface. But whether later until the eruption or not, the Kemil has not dared to decide. Only, from some observations made using the tool, all leads to the eruption

    “Everything we recorded indicates the same,” Devi explained.
    Although there have been indications of magma moving to the surface, but it is not yet certain whether magma will reach the surface. Because, according to Devi, there are some examples in the world that after the earthquakes are quite frequent, even magma runs out.

    “It’s also what we want, but our desire should be coupled with the worst-case scenario, we can expect the best but be prepared with the worst,” he said. (*)

    Sources: http://bali.tribunnews.com/2017/09/29/pvmbg-sudah-terjadi-rekahan-di-gunung-agung-selanjutnya-berpotensi-tremor-dan-keluarnya-lava?page=all
    Translated by Aryputra Pandewww.baliintercontcargo.com

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