Mount Agung, a volcano on the island of Bali in Indonesia, erupted in 2017, causing thousands to evacuate and disrupting air travel. As of 27 November 2017, the alert level was at its highest and evacuation orders were in place.
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Tectonic earthquakes from the volcano had been detected since early August, and volcanic activity intensified for several weeks before decreasing significantly in late October. A second, more violent period of major activity began in late November.
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In this moment many tourist take pictures with erupting Mt Agung as background. Many travelers use this moment for selfie and enjoy vacation. Instagram has been flooded this week with posts from people posing for the camera in front of smoke clouds rising from the volcano. Many have posted photos using the volcano’s smoke as a backdrop with captions that sing nature’s praises.
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The eruption caused some 40,000 people to be evacuated from 22 villages around Mount Agung. It also caused surrounding airports to be closed. Lombok International Airport, located on the neighboring island of Lombok, closed on 26 November, but was reopened the next morning, only to be closed again on 30 November. Lombok’s airport reopened on 1 December. Ngurah Rai International Airport, located at the southern tip of the island and southwest of the volcano, closed on 27 November. More than 400 flights were canceled and about 59,000 passengers remained grounded. The airport was reopened on 29 November.
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With the status of Stand (Level II) the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) prohibits human activities within a radius of 6 kilometers from the crater of the mountain and the sectoral to the North-Northeast and Southeast-South-Southwest within 7.5 km.
PVMBG released a warning to be aware of the number of areas entering the Hazard Zone covering some hamlets in Ban Village, Sebudi Village, Besakih Village, Buana Giri Village, Jungutan Village, and Dukuh Village. Potential danger may occur is the heavy ash rains that hit all the areas that enter the Estimated Hazard Zone. Currently the wind is blowing dominantly towards south-southeast.