Bali Mount Agung eruption latest: EARTHQUAKE detected near volcano | World | News


Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport remains open following threat from Mount Agung to continue erupting plumes of ash into the atmosphere.

Hundreds of flights were grounded as a result of volcanic activity last week, resulting in many people stranded on the island resort.

The most recent eruption has resulted in the evacuation of hundreds from a 4km exclusion zone in the area.

A total of 590 people have evacuated from the area due to lava spouting and setting blazes in high altitude forests.

Mount Agung is now a centre for seismic activity due to the eruption, as earthquakes and explosions mark the volcano’s latest activity.

Late on July 2, two earthquakes were detected prior to the eruption, and another two following.

Dr Daryono, BMKG Chief of Earthquake Information and Tsunami Early Warning, said: “Tectonic quakes occurred on Tuesday at 08:19 local times in Indian Oceans or the southern waters of Bali with 4.9 magnitudes, initial report said 5.0 magnitudes.”

The earthquakes happened as a result of being situated on the subduction zone of the Indo-Australian plate, where tectonic plates meet and grind together, causing tremors.

Dr Daryono stated that the earthquake activity was the result of plate tectonics, and unrelated to the volcano.

There have been no reported damages as a result of the quake, which took place in the Indian ocean off the coast of Bali.

The earthquake intensity was apparently felt around Kuta, Badung, Denpasar, and Gianyar, but no tsunami warning was issued.

Dr Daryono also stated that there was no evidence o an aftershock, and the BMKG urged the public to remain calm.

Mount Agung has been one of many volcanoes to erupt recently, joining the ranks of other volcanoes in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” alongside Hawaii’s Kilauea.

What is happening at Agung?

Mount Agung started off flinging tall ash pillars into the air, hitting 6,500 feet tall.

The mountain’s summit was lit up by “incandescent lava” as orange flowed down, igniting nearby trees and forests.

The lava spilling from the volcano reached an impressive 2km (1.2 miles) from the crater.

Authorities note that current activity is the most severe since last September.

Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said: “Mount Agung has experienced small eruptions several times.

“But on Monday night, people around Mount Agung were shocked by the eruption, the loud bang it produced and the hurling of incandescent rocks.”

The volcano has seen deadlier eruptions before, in 1963 it was dangerous enough to kill 1,500 people and reigned destruction down on the island.

At the moment, travel to Bali is possible as Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah airport remains open, but this could quickly change if another eruption takes place.

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