Already more than 120 thousand people evacuated the authorities in Bali because of the critical threat of the eruption of the volcano, located on Mount Agung. This was reported by the Office for the Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters of Indonesia.
Over 800 volcanic earthquakes have already been recorded, which is much higher than in the normal state. In connection with the activity of the Agung volcano at the moment, a state of emergency has been declared throughout the entire island of Bali. The radius of the zone of special danger is 12 km from the crater of the volcano. Local authorities have introduced a state of emergency on the island until October 1.
Agung (3142 m) is considered the largest volcano on the island. It is located about 50 miles from the tourist center of Kuta. Stratovolcano has been showing signs of awakening since August. Now seismic activity in its area is increased, there are clear signs of a rise of magma to the surface. In this regard, the Bali government launched an emergency evacuation from the dangerous areas of tourists and local residents.
Scott Brian, an associate professor at Queensland University of Technology, says that there have already been clear signs of the inevitability of the eruption. “It’s a fact that seismic shocks under the volcano are getting more intense, last week they were at a shallower depth than before, which is a sign that the magma rises to the surface,” Bryan said.
The last eruption of the volcano Agung was recorded in 1963. It lasted almost 12 months. Then more than 1,5 thousand people were killed, about 100 thousand have lost their homes.
Agung is one of the 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia. Bali is part of the largest Indonesian archipelago, which consists of several thousand islands. Volcanic activity on this so-called “fiery ring” is constantly observed.
The authorities of Indonesia warn that tourists because of the danger of volcanic eruption may have to adjust their plans. If the volcano still wakes up, it is possible that he will “stay awake” until January. That is, it’s not about a couple of days and not even about the weeks, but about the whole season.