Bali volcano eruption: Latest updates as Mount Agung ERUPTS and spews volcanic ash cloud

Monday, November 27, 2017
By Paul Martin

BALI’s highest volcano Mount Agung is sending a dark ash cloud into the sky as it erupts for the second time in less than a week. Here are live updates and the latest news.

Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Destructive cold lava flows down the Bali volcano Mount Agung
Volcanic ash rains on villages on the slopes of the volcano
Aviation warning upgraded to red – scores of flights cancelled
Volcano warning raised to 4 – the highest possible level
Burning red glow seen at the summit of the volcano on Saturday night
The magmatic eruption on Saturday comes after steam-blast eruption on Tuesday
100,000 told to evacutaed – only 40,000 people evacuated so far

Here are the latest updates from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Magma Indonesia, the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) and other official sources. (All times GMT)

2.23pm: Bali volcano death doll will be ’much lower’ than 1963

Modern volcano monitoring techniques will help keep the Mount Agung death toll far below the volcano’s last eruption nearly 55 years ago, when more than 1,000 people were killed.

Professor Mike Burton, who chairs the Volcanology department at the University of Manchester, said: “The probability of a large number deaths and injuries is much lower now than it was in 1963, as modern volcano monitoring techniques have improved.

“There is much better awareness of the hazards posed by explosive eruptions and, most importantly, local populations are better informed, with clearer communication links.

“Therefore, planning for a scenario similar to the 1963 eruption with pyroclastic flow run out up to 12 km from the summit is prudent, with a good probability that the actual eruption will be smaller than that.”

1.42pm: Public kitchens set up for Mount Agung refugees

Bali’s Ministry of Social Affairs has established 11 public kitchens to help feed those displaced by the Bali volcano.

Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa has assured that that the main priority is “to meet the logistical needs of refugees”.

Bali’s government currently has 278,000 tons of rice in reserves, according to Antara News Agency in Indonesia.

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