Bali – Nearly 50,000 people have now fled

A 200m (656 ft)-tall column of smoke was seen rising from Mt. Agung on Sunday, said the chief geologist monitoring the site, Gede Suantika.

“We observed sulphuric smoke spewing from its crater and we never saw this before,” said Suantika.

The Red Cross said more than 42,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near the volcano, while Fox News reported that nearly 50,000 people have fled the Indonesian island itself, fearing an imminent volcanic eruption.

Increased seismic activity at Agung in recent days has forced creation of a 7.5 mile (12 km) buffer zone around the mountain.


The volcano last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,100 people.

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3 thoughts on “Bali – Nearly 50,000 people have now fled

  1. aussie planes are refuelling prior to landing in Bali so they have enough to leave fast if required
    reports on media here say the pressure is rising also
    looks like she will blow soonish.
    great they got people n hopefully animals too well clear prior
    anyone going to the zone to “holiday” is a bloody idiot!

  2. IF the eruption is big enough to inject considerable ash and SO2 into the stratosphere it will lower global temp. Mega eruptions like that occur about 4-6 times per century.

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