Mount Agung

ASEAN Roundup: December 11 - December 17, 2017

ASEAN GeopoliticsThis week, sanctions on North Korea were further tightened after Pyongyang’s refusal to halt their nuclear program – the latest being Thailand which has been called on by the United States to put more trade and diplomatic pressure on the hermit nation.The ASEAN Post also covered the prospect of achieving a “high quality” Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in pursuit of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).Outcome of RCEP negotiations so far.The question of U

17 December 2017

Mount Agung’s eruption: Of cancelled flights and climate change

According to the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), a pinkish plume was seen over Mount Agung in Bali early on Monday morning.The head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency of Indonesia, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho shared a photograph on Twitter of the plume rising form the volcano in Bali.

13 December 2017

Living in the shadow of Bali's volcano, refusing to leave

Thousands of villagers living in the shadow of a rumbling Bali volcano have been fleeing for days, but some are now risking life and limb by sneaking back into the danger zone – along with thrill-seeking tourists.The 10-kilometre radius around Mount Agung is littered with roadside signs that read "Volcanic danger zone.

30 November 2017

Indonesia re-opening Bali airport shut by volcanic ash

Bali's international airport will re-open Wednesday afternoon after a nearly three-day shutdown, Indonesian airport authorities said, as ash from a rumbling volcano that looms over the island paradise shifted direction.The eagerly awaited decision opens up a window of hope for some of more than 120,000 tourists stranded after a spike in activity at Mount Agung grounded hundreds of flights since Monday.But airport officials cautioned that the only direct international gateway to the tropi

29 November 2017

Bali Airport shut as island awaits major volcanic eruption

Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali erupted, prompting authorities to evacuate some 100,000 people and shut the airport in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia.The government has been relocating people from around Mount Agung’s crater as volcanologists warned of an imminent larger eruption.

27 November 2017

Bali raises volcano alert to highest level: officials

An eruption could be imminent at a volcano belching huge plumes of smoke on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, officials warned Monday, as they raised the alert to the highest level and increased the exclusion zone.Huge plumes of smoke have been pouring out of Mount Agung since Tuesday and senior state volcanologist Gede Suantika said it was belching thick grey smoke more than two miles (three kilometers) into the sky early Monday."The volcano's alert level has been raised to t

27 November 2017

Bali's Mount Agung finally erupts

The treacherous Mount Agung in Bali that has been threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963 has finally erupted and spewed steam plume at 5:05pm on Tuesday.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) said in a statement that the height of the steam reached more than 700 meters from the peak of the mountain.Following this, the statement also said that "the eruption is still ongoing.

22 November 2017

Mount Agung and the Pacific 'Ring of Fire'

Mount Agung has been threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. The volcano last erupted in 1963 which left nearly 1,600 people dead. Indonesian officials raised the alert status to the highest level on late Friday, September 22. Over 144,000 people have fled the volcano and its vicinity since it started rumbling, but officials urged evacuees who are from outside of the immediate danger zone to return home.

3 October 2017

Rumbling Bali volcano triggers memories of deadly 1963 eruption

The last time Bali's Mount Agung volcano erupted, a stream of molten lava flattened teenage Gusti Nyoman Dauh's home, while cascading ash, rocks and hot gas killed 1,600 of his neighbours.So more than fifty years later, when the Indonesian volcano began rumbling once again, the now-grandfather did not hesitate before gathering his family and fleeing to a crowded, makeshift shelter.Sleeping on donated mattresses and making do with whatever clothes and possessions they could salvage,

28 September 2017

Indonesia to divert tourists as Bali volcano rumbles

Indonesian authorities are on standby to divert flights destined for the holiday island of Bali as increasingly frequent tremors from a rumbling volcano stoke fears an eruption could be imminent.Mount Agung, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years and forcing more than 80,000 people to flee their homes.Bali attracts millions of foreign visitors every year to its palm-fringed beach

27 September 2017