Mount Agung continues to spew ash as Lombok airport shuts down and Travel Warnings

Mount Agung volcano is seen spewing smoke and ash in Bali, Indonesia, November 26, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency set up an exclusion zone and ordered people to "immediately evacuate."
Mount Agung continued to spew ash on Sunday (November 26) evening as Lombok airport closed due to volcanic activity. A timelapse shows ash spewing from Mount Agung during the last two hours of daylight on Sunday.

 Indonesian and regional authorities heightened flight warnings around Bali's Mount Agung as the volcano's eruptions sent a plume of volcanic ash and steam more than 6,000 metres into the skies above the popular holiday island earlier in the day. Ash covered roads, cars and buildings near the volcano in the northeast of the island, while overnight a red glow of what appeared to be magma could be seen in photographs by Antara, the state news agency.

Fears of a massive eruption of the Mount Agung volcano in Bali have led to local authorities ordering people to “immediately evacuate” from a 5-mile exclusion zone.

A motorist rides his motorbike during a shower of ash and rain from Mount Agung volcano during an eruption in Bebandem Village, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia November 26, 2017.

The evacuation orders on Sunday, Nov. 26, come after a second eruption in less than a week from the volcano. On Saturday evening, thick plumes of smoke reached 6,000m (19,600 feet), prompting airlines to issue a red warning that another more serious eruption is “forecast to be imminent.”

Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) issued a series of alerts on Twitter and Facebook describing a “dark gray column” of ash traveling southeast at a speed of 18 kph (11mph).
“Analysis of the spread of volcanic ash from [satellite images] shows that the distribution of ash leads eastward to the southeast to Lombok [island],” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of public relations at BNPB, said in a Facebook post, “The nature and direction of the distribution of volcanic ash depends on the direction of the wind.”

Nugroho said people within the exclusion zone should evacuate in an “orderly” manner and that volunteers would be immediately available to distribute masks to the public.

Some airlines have already canceled flights out of Bali’s main airport due to fears volcanic ash will damage plane engines, while travelers with Virgin Australia, Qantas, KLM and Jetstar were advised to check with their carrier to see if their flight is affected.

The 10,000-foot Mount Agung volcano began experiencing increased volcanic activity earlier this year for the first time in more than 50 years, causing 140,000 people to flee the area.
Most Indonesians were able to return home at the end of September but around 25,000 people are still thought to be living in temporary shelters.

The last major eruption of the Mount Agung volcano—Indonesia’s highest peak —was in 1963 and led to the deaths of more than 1,000 people. The eruption was so powerful that the resulting ash cloud cooled the planet by up to a full degree Fahrenheit.

According to Antara, Indonesia’s state news agency, a red glow suspected to be magma was spotted near the peak of Mount Agung.

“The activity of Mount Agung has entered the magmatic eruption phase,” Gede Suantika, an official at the volcanology and geological disaster mitigation agency, told Reuters.
“It is still spewing ash at the moment, but we need to monitor and be cautious over the possibility of a strong, explosive eruption.”
 Mount Agung spewed ash nearly 6,000 feet above its peak.
More than 145,000 people were evacuated in September because of the potential for a major eruption.
  Children evacuated from the area around Mount Agung. Photograph: Made Nagi/EPA

 The alert for Mount Agung has been raised to the highest level. Photograph: Firdia Lisnawati/AP
Mount Agung continues to spew ash as Lombok airport shuts down and Travel Warnings Mount Agung continues to spew ash as Lombok airport shuts down and Travel Warnings Reviewed by Gali aNaNyA on November 26, 2017 Rating: 5

No comments:

Powered by Blogger.