The Mt Agung volcano in north-eastern Bali is spewing volcanic ash and dust nearly 20,000 feet high, and “the potential for a larger eruption is imminent” according to , Indonesia’s The National Board for Disaster Management said on their Facebook page.
Local authorities have evacuated the surrounding areas and maintained an 8-10km exclusion zone around the crater.
Indonesia has issued its highest-level aviation warning for flights and it’s caused absolute travel chaos. Four hundred flights to and from Bali’s Denpasar airport have been cancelled. Lombok’s airport is also closed as the ash moves eastward. Approximately 50,000 passengers are stranded in Bali, the ABC reports. They have no option but to stay put until the cloud eases.
The volcano last erupted more than 50 years ago, and the eruption killed approximately 1,000 people.
Take a look at these spectacular images of the eruption that has been intensifying over the last 24 hours.
Mt Agung is located in the north-east of Bali.
This Russian Instagrammer captured a video of the eruption.
ДОБРОЕ УТРО, БАЛИ!!! ⠀ Как же это красиво! Мощь природы. Мощь вулкана. Ничто не может сдержать эту энергию!!! Я уже писала об этом ранее – энергия ищет выход и она его найдет???? Чем дольше она будет сдерживать себя тем мощнее будет взрыв… ⠀ KEEP CALM! ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE???????????? ….. music by Chris Rea – Wonderful life (c)
The sky is filled with ash.
Woke up to the news that Agung had finally started showing some signs of eruption so we jumped on the scooter and drove up the volcano as close as we could get ???? Incredible to witness and it sounded like reverse thunder from the ground, or as @kirstyram said "like the beating wings of a giant dragon"… definitely a day I won't forget for a while #andthentheskywentblack #mtagung #dangerzone #hopethelocsarealright #volcano
I’ve gotten up at 3am to shoot so many times, but I have never in my life seen anything quite as beautiful, formidable and scary as this. Bali has been home on and off for 2 years now and I hope that all the locals that live on or near mount Agung are ok ???????????? . . . . . . . . #wanderlust #exploreeverything #travelgram #bravogreatphoto #lifeofadventure #theadventureproject #peoplescreatives #theoutbound #folktravel #picoftheday #welltraveled #finditliveit #whatchthisinstagood #beautifuldestinations #bali #livefolkindonesia #livefolk #passionpassport #mytinyatlas #letsgosomewhere #wanderlust #instagood #igmasters #thewellcollective #verilymoment #mountagung #traveltagged #travelphotography
— Sanjana Siva (@sanzoo10) November 27, 2017
Here’s part of the pyroclastic mudflow – a mix of ash and pumice, and rainy season water that creates something known as lahar, which runs like a ‘river’ from the mountain.
Waspadai banjir lahar hujan (lahar dingin) di sekitar Gunung Agung. Banjir lahar hujan sudah terjadi di beberapa tempat di lereng Gunung Agung. Hujan akan meningkat. Jangan melakukan aktivitas di sekitar sungai. Radius 8-10 km harus kosong dari aktivitas masyarakat. #Bali pic.twitter.com/5vuZ4KTTYa
— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_BNPB) November 27, 2017
Thousands were evacuated to makeshift camps such as this one in the Klungkung Regency in Bali’s south-east.
And this one in the Karangasem Regency in Bali’s east.
It’s intense at night.
Photo taken last night – Agung volcano eruption with a height of 3,000 meter on Nov 26,2017 at 16 GMT. Invisible fire from lava in crater. Smoke grey-coloured strong pressure of the crater with a thick and high intensity about 2500-3000 meter above of the crater. Source: Twitter Sutopo Purwo Nugroho BNPB _ Official statement about I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport is CLOSED from 27th at 07:15 LT November – 28th November at 07:00 LT due to the volcanic ashes of Mount Agung. Source: Twitter Sutopo Purwo Nugroho BNPB _ All remains peaceful in Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Sanur, Ubud, Denpasar, Kuta and Seminyak also other save area. Tourism in Bali is save as the main tourism in Bali is 70 km from Mt. Agung Indonesian Disaster Mitigation said in a statement. ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ #thebalitripmate #balitripmate #mtagung #volcano #vulcanic #bnpb #balistillsafe #thebalibible #balife
These Balinese Hindus in the Muntig village in Bali are praying to prevent further eruptions.
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