Mount Agung Volcano | What To Know About This Indonesian Volcano
Mount Agung is a volcano located in Bali, Indonesia. It is also known more technically as Gunung Agung. It is considered a stratovolcano. In Bali, the Mount Agung volcano is seen as the highest point on the horizon. Mount Agung is, without question, an active volcano. Anyone living anywhere near Mount Agung, or simply touring the region, should have their bug out bag essentials ready to go. You should also read our how to survive a volcano eruption guide.
Mount Agung is one of Asia’s most terrifying volcanoes. It has a history of eruptions and has recently been the center of mainstream media for entering a new state of volcanic activity. Mount Agung has the potential to inflict massive destruction in the region of Bali and all those living in that area are encouraged to prep for a major eruption. Tourists traveling to the area should always check the volcanic status of Mount Agung. Its potential for devastation is always based on the current state of its seismic activity.
Here’s a map of Mount Agung’s exact location in Indonesia.
Mount Agung Volcano Recent News
11-28-2017 – Mount Agung has been spewing lava into the skies of Bali over the course of the last few days. The rising ash has caused major airlines to divert flights away from overhead Bali routes. It has also caused airports to shut down. All of Indonesia is on high-alert for a potential major Mount Agung volcano eruption. The recent activity has not only disrupted air travel, but also Indonesian’s typically thriving tourism sector. With only limited air travel and news spreading of a potential Mount Agung eruption, Indonesia has suffered financial harm.
Mount Agung Volcano Eruptions
In November of 2017, Mount Agung began experiencing major seismic activity and spewing ash into the skies surrounding Indonesia. Although many feel this to have been a predictor of a much more defined and explosive volcano event, the recent activity still signifies major volcanic events taking place.
Over 100,000 people have been evacuated in the region. The alert system in the region is now at its highest-level. Officials are now calling the likelihood of a Mount Agung eruption “imminent.” The ash plumes have flowed southerly in trajectory, causing the quality of breathing air to begin to lower greatly. In terms of volcano threats, tainted breathing air is one of the biggest threats to both humans and animals.
In 1963, Mount Agung volcano erupted into one of the most massive Indonesian volcano eruptions in history. On February 18th, locals in the area got their first warnings that a catastrophe was in the making when they heard loud booms coming from Mount Agung’s region. The following day, lava breached the peak of Mount Agung, sending lava cascading down the mountain’s sides. Most of the lava was segregated to flowing down the north side of Mount Agung. Over the course of the next two and a half weeks, lava flowed over 4 miles in distance. Just under one month later on March 17th, Mount Agung volcano officially erupted into the sky, causing rock debris to fly. This also spawned major pyroclastic lava flows. Up to 1,500 people, mostly those living in nearby villages, were killed due to the debris and lava flow. Two months later on May 16th, Mount Agung once again blew her top, this time, killing a couple of hundred more persons.
An 1843 Mount Agung eruption is said to have occurred by Swiss botanist, Heinrich Zollinger.
Mount Agung Is Symbolic To Balinese
For many Indonesians, Mount Agung is less of an imposing catastrophic threat to their region and more a historically significant peak. For them, it is considered to be a duplicate of Mount Meru, which is considered to be a central place in the universe. One of Indonesia’s most precious temples, Pura Besakih, is located on Mount Agung.
Mount Agung Volcano and Tourism
During more docile times, Mount Agung is capable of being hiked by locals and tourists alike. However, at the time of writing this article, that’s not a possibility due to Mount Agung’s imminent eruption status. Tourist traveling to the region of Bali should always check with local officials in regards to Mount Agung’s seismic status, no matter when they choose to travel to the region. It is essential to understand the threat level of any potential catastrophic volcano.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.