Mount Agung Ready To Erupt

Connor McNally

Citizens wait as Mount Agung becomes more unstable.

The island of Bali waits in fear for Mount Agung to burst as it shakes with unprecedented seismic activity. Thousands fear for their lives as 140,000 of Bali’s population evacuate and leave their homes. There is uncertainty present. It could be only a matter of hours until mount Agung bursts. The Bali authorities have ordered a evacuation of villages living with a high danger that in places extents 7.5 miles from mount Agung’s crater. Data showed that Mount Agung experienced 844 volcanic earthquakes on Monday, and 300 to 400 earthquakes by midday on Tuesday.

Thousands have been evacuated and impatiently wait to return.

Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people. Evacuees are taking shelter at more than 370 sites across the island that include temporary camps, sport centers, village halls and the houses of friends and relatives. In 1963, Agung hurled ash as high as 12 miles and remained active about a year. Lava traveled 4.7 miles and ash reached Jakarta, about 620 miles away. Bali’s artistic hub is Ubud which is 31 miles away from mount Agung. Denpasar (where the airport is located) is more than 40 miles away from mount Agung.  Close to 1,700 houses have been destroyed on the mountain’s slopes due to constant tremors and shaking by the mountain. More updates will be issued by the Indonesian Government during the following days and weeks.

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