Bali’s volcano Mt Agung is active

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Bali is an island and province of Indonesia. Bali’s central mountains include several peaks. The highest peak is Mount Agung  (9,944 ft), known as the “mother mountain.” It is an active volcano and has a large and very deep crater which occasionally releases smoke and ash.

The volcano had last erupted in 1963 in one of the largest and most devastating eruptions in Indonesia’s history.

In September 2017 there was an increase of rumbling and vibrations of the earth around the volcano. Locals raised the alert level to the highest level and about 122,500 people were evacuated from their houses. But in October 2017 the activity died down.

On Saturday November 25th, the volcano rumbled to life with a series of eruptions. Smoke, steam, and soot gushed  (13,000 feet) into the atmosphere. These eruptions have disrupted local villages and air travel. 24,000 residents had to be moved to temporary shelters this weekend as volcanic ash fell on several villages.

Officials and volcanologists have detected, magma (molten rock) close to the volcano’s surface. They believe that a larger eruption is imminent.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity. It is home to more than 130 active volcanoes.

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