Bali volcano erupts three times on Saturday – Videos

Red alert issued as ash from Mount Agung rises 4,000 meters (about 2.5 miles) into the sky.

This is according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of information and data for Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency.

The red warning means an eruption is forecast to be imminent, with significant emission of ash likely.

Most reports say 25,000 have been evacuated, but one report estimates as many as 140,000 evacuees.


Authorities have begun distributing masks in some areas as ash falls.

Thanks to Jay Hope, Watchdog and Scarface for these links

12 thoughts on “Bali volcano erupts three times on Saturday – Videos

  1. Tropical volcanoes blasting sky high on a daily basis (this is even more volume than Popocatepetl by the looks of it), Kamchatka ongoing activity and no sunspots. Not exactly a recipe for warmth.

    • Given that the last 3 weeks have seen just two small isolated sunspots, are we starting to see the effect of solar minimum regarding volcanic eruptions? Is this just the start?

    • Sinabung erupts every day – some two or three times. Has been active for years.
      There are a lot of people in harms way of Popo but so there is with Sinabung.

  2. The tropopause in this region is usually a bit over 16 km. Currently, Agung is lofting it’s plume to about 9 km. Unless it gets a bit more energetic, I don’t foresee it having an effect on the stratosphere. IF it does, the SO2 to sulfate conversion will take about 2 months to complete and will last about 50 months until it returns to pre eruptive levels.

    • I agree. A nice eruption to watch on YouTube but not nearly energetic enough to cause a real impact on sulfurous aerosol formation. Right now all this is doing is limiting Chinese tourism to the region.

    • Unfortunately this disturbance is a major disruption to the lucrative tourist market of Bali.
      I see some idiots being interviewed complaining about the eruption and how inconsiderate Agung is for ruining their holiday.
      Even with all the warnings of an imminent eruption over the past months I would like to bet that most of those tourists never took out travel insurance.
      I see many bus trips to the Surabaya airport in the future.

  3. media in aus blathering on about stranded schoolies
    no sympathy!
    theres been more than enough warning about the risk
    stupid enough to go there they deserve to be stuck waiting for transport out..they put the local people at risk by adding to the numbers to be evacuated, and requiring resources and accommodation the indigenous people could use

  4. Historically, Cold global climate periods associated with increased volcanic activity ejectae – which serves to diminish solar irradiance from reaching Earth’s surface… Self-evidently, during times such as these, the sun dims / the sky darkens.

    Via widespread historical calamity reports, the term “Dark Ages” has been posited by, “Nature” – to have arisen c.536 AD because of Volcanic activity c.535 AD (according to Geophysical Research Letters).

    Outside? Was dark!

  5. The 1963 major eruption went on for months. There were lots of smaller eruptions – as we are now seeing at Agung.
    An ultimate blast put ash 30 Km’s up with many pyroclastic clouds.
    1100 people were killed over the duration of that eruption.

    However proportionately Pinatubo was much much larger.

    Agung’s main issue is that there is a large population in harms way in the event of another eruption on the scale of the largest 1963 one.
    Geo Scientists are concerned that these recent events are only a precursor.

  6. There’s a 6 mile exclusion area now, it really looks like a major column of ash. Of course, they are talking about cancelled air travel, I think the more major impact is what the untrained eye can’t see here with climate.

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