More than 100,000 Bali residents flee to makeshift shelters

“Mount Agung eruption IMMINENT,” says headline. Incredibly, Bali’s tourism department issued a letter today reassuring travelers.

“The island is safe except for areas around Mount Agung. We urge tourists to continue visiting,” the letter said.

However, the number of people taking shelter in tents, school gyms, and government buildings in neighboring villages has surged.

“While there are plentiful stocks of food, water, medicines, and other supplies,” the Daily Mail reports, “evacuees fear they are in for a long wait that could disrupt their livelihoods.”

Farmers are worried that lava flows could destroy their homes and farms.

“Some people aren’t leaving because they need to work and they need their livestock,” said  Sean Powderly, a humanitarian worker in Bali.

“The pigs and the cows are like they’re security deposit, their bank account. If things go bad they sell their cows and pigs—a cow is worth like $AUD1,000.

According to officials, there are around 30,000 cattle within the danger zone around the volcano.

The Express says more than 130,000 have evacuated.

Thanks to Sony Porter for these links

6 thoughts on “More than 100,000 Bali residents flee to makeshift shelters”

  1. “Bali’s tourism department issued a letter today reassuring travelers.”

    The problem for tourists is that if/when the eruption occurs they will be unable to leave for a period = more $ for Bali.

    The tourist areas are unlikely to be otherwise impacted – if they are the eruption and the repercussions will be huge.

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  3. Is this expected to be an explosive or Plinian eruption(think Mt. St. Helens) or more of a Hawaiian type eruption where lava just oozes to the surface and covers everything in its path?
    Something in between?

    • Based on the 1963-1964 eruption probably Vulcaniun. Ash clouds perhaps to 8 – 10 km, lava flows, pyroclastic flows out to 7 – 10 kilometres.
      Ash will probably disperse to the east and possibly cause flight disruptions out in the Pacific.
      There is a sacred temple on the side of Agung which miraculously survived the lava flows by a matter of meters.

      St Helens provided a lateral blast and one side was blown away. The blast zone was out to 26 miles. Mt. St Helens height reduced drastically.

      Agung’s 1963 VE=5 event left the cone virtually intact. Many people were killed back then because the population didn’t evacuate until the eruption was upon them.

      Indonesia us the country with most active volcanos – around 127. You can visit many.
      Sinabung currently erupts every day. If you want to see one in action you can go there or even get a boat tour last krakatau. Krakatau puts on quite a show.

  4. Behold ‘Steve’ — Unique aurora phenomenon captured amid local Northern Lights display
    (Four timelapse videos at link.)

    SEATTLE — Getting to see a brilliant display of the Northern Lights is pretty rare around Washington, but Tuesday night’s display brought something even less common: A Steve sighting.
    No, not the name of the photographers trying to capture the event (although I’m sure there were a few) but it’s what citizen researchers have named a type of aurora streak that seems to dance in place as a vertical tube, rather than shimmering lights that sway across the skies.

    “Steve” was coined by a group on Facebook called “The Alberta Aurora Chasers”, whose members had noticed a long, tubular purplish part of the aurora. They called it “proton arc” but it attracted the attention of aurora researcher Prof. Eric Donovan with the University of Calgary. He saw their photos but knew proton arcs aren’t visible so it had to be something else.

    So the Alberta group decided to call it “Steve” and the name has stuck. Donovan was able to go back and match the chasers’ photos of Steve to when a satellite from the European Space Agency’s “swarm” project flew through that spot and were able to detail changes in the electric fields.

    “The temperature 300 km (186 miles) above Earth’s surface jumped by 3000C and the data revealed a 25 km-wide ribbon of gas flowing westwards at about 6 km/s compared to a speed of about 10 m/s either side of the ribbon,” Donovan told the ESA. “It turns out that Steve is actually remarkably common, but we hadn’t noticed it before. It’s thanks to ground-based observations, satellites, today’s explosion of access to data and an army of citizen scientists joining forces to document it.”

    If you watch carefully on some of the videos from last night, you can pick it up on some of the time lapses as well!

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