Agung volcano (Bali, Indonesia): alert level raised to maximum, evacuations
Sat, 23 Sep 2017, 08:2708:27 AM | BY: T
The alert level of the volcano was again raised to the now highest level (4, "awas") as seismic activity continued to increase sharply and an eruption can be expected to occur any time.
Seismic activity at Agung volcano over the past months, showin the strong increase during the past days (image: PVMBG)
The exclusion zone around the crater was increased from 9 to 12 km radius for the most threatened areas, in particular to the northeast, southeast and southern slopes. It is estimated that nearly 50,000 people are living within a radius of only 6 km.
The motivation of this measure, with currently no actual eruptive activity, is the huge hazard of a potentially large explosive eruption in the very densely inhabited area aroudn Agung, with a history of more than 1000 people killed during the last eruption in 1963.
Spontaneous evacuations were reported to happen yesterday and authorities have been very busy trying to manage the crisis, preparing shelters, evacuation vehicles, distributing information etc. So far, it seems that only just over 11,000 people have followed the urgent recommendation to evacuate their homes in the threatened areas.
Wed, 20 Sep 2017, 16:43
Following increase of earthquakes and fumarolic activity in the crater, Indonesia's volcano monitoring agency PVMBG raised the alert level of the volcano, first to 2 on 14 Sep and to 3, the second highest on the 1-4 scale, a few days ago. ... Read all