Posted by on Wednesday, November 29, 2017
An airport has been forced to close and thousands have been evacuated after a volcano erupted in Bali causing lava to spew out with mudflows.
Mount Agung is a volcano in Bali, Indonesia, southeast of Mt Batur volcano, also in Bali. Gunung Agung stratovolcano is the highest point on Bali.
On 21 November activity increased.
A phreatic eruption took place, with the ash cloud top reaching 3,842 metres above sea level.
Thousands of people immediately fled the area, and over 29,000 temporary refugees were reported to be housed in over 270 locations nearby.
Early on Saturday 25 November a magmatic eruption began.
The resulting eruption plume was reported to rise about 1.5-4 km above the summit crater, drifting towards the south and dusting the surroundings with thin layer of dark ash, leading some airlines to cancel flights bound for Australia and New Zealand.
An orange glow was later observed around the crater at night, suggesting that fresh magma had indeed reached the surface.
On 27 November the Indonesian National Disaster Management Authority announced that the level of alert had been raised from Level 3 (Siaga, or Alert) to Level 4 (Awas, or Warning), the highest official warning level, as from 6.00 am on 27 November.
Balinese believe that Mt Agung is a replica of Mt Meru, the central axis of the universe. The most important temple on Bali, Pura Besakih, is located high on the slopes of Gunung Agung.