• Mount Agung Heats Up


    Mount Agung entered a new phase of increased volcanic activity starting late on the afternoon of Saturday, November 25, 2017, and continued through following Sunday morning.

    The most recent explosions were magmatic in nature accompanied by explosions and fiery displays presumed to be caused by magma. This is a change from just a few days earlier when the eruptions were characterized as phreatic – comprised mostly of steam. The Geologic Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) reports the ash clouds coming from the volcano displays a bright red lighting effects signifying super-hot magma and lava are now present in the crater.

    Monitoring posts surrounding the mountain and live-streaming CCTV cameras show black and grey clouds of smoke billowing from the crater to a height estimated at 3,000 meters above the peak or approximately 6,000 meters above sea level.

    Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the spokesperson for the Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, issued a statement on Sunday, November 26, 2017, confirming a continuing series of eruptions and the height of the resulting clouds of steam and volcanic dust. Sutopo said a significant increase in activity commenced at midnight with sunrise observations on Sunday revealing clouds rising to a level of 3,000 meters above Mount Agung’s peak.

    Light dustings of volcanic ash were reported from observations posts in located in the foothills of Mount Agung.

    Meanwhile, the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre report shows a pattern of ash covering an area south-southeast of the mountain over the straits between Bali and Lombok extending to the landmass of Lombok and affecting flights to a level of 22,000 feet above sea level.

    The “Siaga” Level – 3 warning for Mount Agung remains in place with officials emphasizing that the public remains safe providing they stay outside the 6-7.5 kilometer danger zone surrounding the mountain.

    Through Sunday morning, Sutopo said at least 8 international flight arrivals and 13 departures were cancelled in connection with the latest eruption affecting an estimated 2,087 passengers.

    The number of cancelled flights may grow if the mountain continues to erupt and emit clouds of volcanic ash. While planes are diverting flight paths around the cloud of ash drifting to the east of Bali, the majority of flights in and out of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport continue to operate according to schedule.

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