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Posted by: Charles Nov 29 2017, 08:44 AM
Mt Agung: Bali bracing for explosive volcano eruption

Geoffrey Thomas and AAP
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 5:31AM

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Indonesian authorities fear Mt Agung could erupt some time today.

Bali is bracing for an even larger, possibly explosive eruption, of Mt Agung after a massive 30-minute tremor inside the crater last night.

Late yesterday the largest seismic energy since Mount Agung started rumbling in early September occurred and lasted for 30 minutes.

Over 800 flights have been cancelled since Bali airport closed on Monday morning, disrupting the plans of more than 120,000 passengers.

Travellers said the earliest flights to get out of Bali were on Saturday and Sunday.

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father holds his son at an evacuation area in Karangasem, Bali.Picture: AP

Government volcanologist Gede Suantika said the mountain was in a critical phase and the observatory post near the summit may be evacuated.

“The activity of Mt Agung is now entering a very critical phase for a bigger eruption,” Mr Suantika said.

“It means there is a quite big amount of volcanic material that will come out,” Mr Suantika said.

“There are two possibilities. First, the magma will fill the crater and flow out or it will come out as an explosion.

Asked when it would happen Mr Suantika said: “Soon. I can not be sure, but maybe in hours, not days because it is already erupting.

“We are just waiting for the big one.”

Villagers in the 10km exclusion zone have been told to leave and have gone to shelters.

Mt Agung’s last major eruption in 1963 killed more than 1600. That eruption lasted for more than a year.

A potential tropical cyclone was adding to the uncertainty for travellers stranded in Bali.

A slow-moving and deepening low to the west-south-west of Bali is dragging the ash cloud across Bali and Denpasar airport and it is expected to keep the airport shut at least for at least another 24 hours.

Tropical cyclone Cempka it is overriding normal locals winds that may have blown the ash cloud in the opposite direction.

Stranded passengers, particularly the elderly, are also now worried about running out of medication.

A number of stranded passengers are taking to a bus-ferry service to Surabaya for about $20 and from there flights to Jakarta, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur and other international destinations.

The forecast for Wednesday is for the wind conditions to remain the same, from the north east, blowing the ash cloud over the airport and Denpasar.

However late Wednesday there may be a change to winds from the north-west which may help the situation.

Ash has been falling at the airport for over 48 hours and will require cleaning up before any airline operations can resume.

While I can understand the concerns of some travelers who may be stranded without medication, I wish some of the tourists who blame airlines and airport authorities for their inconvenience would get things into perspective.Their flight schedules might be delayed but what about the "inconvenience" being experienced by evacuated villagers?

Posted by: scepo Nov 29 2017, 08:52 AM
There has been plenty of warning that this eruption is coming. So if you are stranded, don't complain

Posted by: Flin Nov 29 2017, 08:57 AM
I hope it's not the Schoolies that are whinging. They don't have a job to come home to anyway.

Posted by: lee Nov 29 2017, 02:05 PM
QUOTE (Flin @ Nov 29 2017, 06:57 AM)
I hope it's not the Schoolies that are whinging. They don't have a job to come home to anyway.

"YOUNG Australians stranded in Bali due to an ash cloud spewing from the Mt Agung volcano say they have been abandoned."

I seem to recall that insurance companies were saying weeks ago that travel isurance wasn't going to cut it. It was no longer an insurable risk.

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