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About 240,000 people are fleeing Bali's Mount Agung precinct in eastern Indonesia, with the volcano threatening to erupt at any moment. The warning was raised to the maximum level four on Friday night, which means a hazardous eruption is imminent for the first time in 54 years. This could happen within 24 hours.
The 1963 eruption was also preceded by earthquakes. Lava and small explosions of volcanic ash began in February leading to a major explosion on March 17.
Many countries issued advisory warnings to tourists after highest level alert was issued Friday for Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, with a warning that an eruption could be imminent.
The warning was issued after an increase in seismic activity around the mountain, reports said. Seismic monitoring equipment on the volcano recorded 676 tremors Thursday caused by lava pushing through layers of rock deep beneath the mountain; 178 tremors were recorded in one six-hour period Friday morning, according to Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
"Volcanic activity remains high and there are indications of magma rising to the surface and causing tremors," said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the National Disaster Management Agency, according to Reuters.
Around 240,000 people are expected to flee eastern Indonesia within the next 24-hours, news.com.au reported. Local residents who stay around the mountain described the volcano as "starting to spit." “Of course it’s going to explode,” a man living near the mountain said.
originally posted by: intrptr
I remember the warnings before Mt. St. Helens blew. Eruption imminent, everyone evacuated, the press, scientists, and nation were watching intently, and.... nothing.
Days, weeks went by and then, just as everyone let their guard down and people began to move back in-- WHAM.
Volcanoes aren't like hurricanes that you can see coming on a radar screen. There are indications, they are nervous, better evacuate instead of having to explain later why they knew beforehand and didn't. Make it sound imminent so people will actually leave. Tell them, Danger, danger, imminent, within twenty four hours...
No one yet knows when - or even if - Mount Agung will erupt, though the intensity and frequency of seismic activity within the crater has been steadily increasing over the week with 800 tremors recorded between midnight and early afternoon Saturday (local time).
“This strengthens our belief that the magma is rising,” Indonesia’s Centre for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation chief Kasbani said Saturday.
“Yesterday, the magma was 5km from the surface. We are still measuring today’s depth but it is trying to find its way out - hence the tremors which occur when pressure from the magma ruptures through weak spots below the surface. “The signs are there that it will erupt. But when? No one can predict it.”
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said there had been 160-foot-high smoke blasts from the crater. The volcano is close to 10,000 feet tall, or about two miles above sea level, and is the highest point on the island of Bali.
Pitch black and nothing but ash the size quarter sized flakes and lightning strikes starting from 50ft in the air and striking the ground.....!
Indonesian media is reporting that wild animals — including snakes and apes — are panicked by the stirring volcano and moving through settled areas.
Men from a traditional village in the volcano’s shadow believe the descent of animals from the top of the mountain is one of “seven signs” an eruption will occur. Small numbers begin to move up to three months before an eruption.
Such an animal exodus was observed before Mount Agung’s previous eruption in 1963.
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