It was reported 3 hours ago that, after months of increase seismic activity, Bali’s Mount Agung has erupted. Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency said the eruption remained small so far but the volcano was emitting a thick grey ash cloud blowing to the East and South-East. Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport remains open.
So far, the ash plume and the eruption itself have had little consequence and existing alert levels are still in force and are unchanged. There are unconfirmed rumours that the plume has actually been caused by rain water coming into contact with the magma, resulting in steam venting.
Regardless, we hope that those members of the Wetpixel community that are close to the mountain are, firstly, somewhere safe and, secondly, that this latest event is limited in its effects on them and their businesses.
(Images from Indonesia National Disaster Management Agency.)