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Mount Agung Eruption Is Happening & Could Get Worse

Despite Bali’s Mount Agung volcano spewing huge plumes of volcanic ash, and lava, experts warn complacency is the island’s biggest enemy and that the worst is yet to come, including blinding ashfall and flying rocks that spew out of the volcano. “This is an eruption, this is 100 per cent an eruption,” volcanologist Dr Janine Krippner told news.com.au.

“Lava is coming out of the volcano, there’s definitely enough to cause trouble. This can get much worse, you can’t outrun this.” For months, magma inside Bali’s giant, belching volcano has been gradually rising to the top of the volcano, forcing the gigantic structure to rumble and shake.

Agung’s last eruptions in 1963 produced deadly clouds of searing hot ash, gases and rock fragments that travelled down its slopes at great speed. About 1100 people died in total. Lava spread for several kilometres and people were also killed by lahars — rivers of water and volcanic debris also described as cold lava. But the pyroclastic flows are also ones to watch. “If those come, they can travel 10km within three minutes,” Dr Krippner said. “You can’t outrun these.”

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