On the 23th of September it was announced that Mount Agung in Bali will erupt. The alert level that had remained on level 3 for a while suddenly changed to level 4. Since August the volcano had been shaking, but now threatens to erupt for the first time since 50 years. Many warnings were send out and many people living around Mount Agung have been evacuated to safe camps. Nearly 50.000 people fled their homes in order to keep themselves and their family safe. However, 60.000 people live in the danger zone. Over 10.000 people still refuse to leave. – Mainly because they are concerned about their livestock. Many animals including livestock, dogs and cats have been left behind. Only 2000 cows have been rescued and taken to a safe place. However, there are organisations that help rescue the animals left behind. If you want to show your support please click here. Many other organisations are helping the people that have evacuated the danger zone. Click here if you want to help and donate.
When the volcano last erupted in 1963 lava began flowing down the mountain. It ended up travelling 7km over a time period of 20 days. The volcano then erupted on march 17th, which send debris almost 10 km into the air, generating massive pyroclastic flows (a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter). These flows were devastating to many villages and ended up killing over 1500 people. So should a larger amount of Bali now be worried that this eruption will give a similar effect?
As the north east of Bali is in deep stress, the south west of Bali does not seem too worried. I am currently in Canggu, which is over 75km away from Mount Agung. There is an uncertainty about what exactly will happen when the volcano does erupt, as to how big it will be and how far will the particles reach. However, officials have announced to stay at least 5.6 miles away from the crater. For the rest of the Island it has been advised to prepare and buy masks, water and food, enough to last for 4-5 days.
Data showed that Mount Agung experienced 844 volcanic earthquakes on Monday only. On the following day it experienced between 300 and 400 earthquakes. However these shocks did not reach very far. Nothing was felt in the South of the Island. I guess you could say that everyone remains extremely calm and don’t seem worried due to the fact that no-one has actually experienced or felt any effects of the distressed volcano.
If you are currently in Bali or know someone that is then click here to see an interactive map of the danger zone.
If you feel unsure or unsafe then remember that you are surrounded by other beautiful destinations that are just a short flight away! – Just go on a little holiday and wait for everything to blow over!