Published On: Wed, Nov 22nd, 2017

Mt. Agung Volcano Erupts After More Than 50 Years Of Inactivity

Mount Agung volcano in Indonesia finally erupted after over 50 years.

Mt. Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia finally erupted after more than 50 years of inactivity on Tuesday. It last erupted in 1963 and almost 1,600 people died.

About 140,000 people evacuated their homes in recent months as reports warned people of the possible eruption of Mt.Agung. Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the national disaster agency said that the volcano was undergoing phreatic eruptions. This occurs when water under the ground is heated by magma. It is reported that phreatic eruptions occurred when Krakatoa in Indonesia erupted in 1883 leaving 40,000 people dead, according to BBC News.

The volcano spewed an 800-meter-high plume of steam and pulverized rock that puffing to the east. Its ash cloud is quite small, yet dangerous to breathe and could be hazardous to aircraft engines. The good thing is it has not yet affected the operations at Ngurah Rai International Airport. However, the officials declare an “orange” aviation alert status. This warns the pilots of the ash clouds that could reach about 3,900 meters closer to the volcano.

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Mt. Agung Volcano Erupts After More Than 50 Years Of Inactivity