50,000 Evacuated From Bali As Nation Faces Imminent Volcanic Eruption

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Fears of an imminent eruption on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali have led to the evacuation of an estimated 50,000 people.  

The Mount Agung volcano is going to erupt, scientists say.

Waskita Sutadewa, the spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency in Bali, said people have scattered to all corners of the island and some have crossed to the neighboring island of Lombok.

Indonesian authorities raised the volcano’s alert status to the highest level on Friday following a dramatic increase in seismic activity. It last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people.

Villagers are staying in temporary camps, sports centers, village halls, or with friends and relatives. Some do return to the exclusion zone during the day to tend to their livestock or shift the animals to areas further from the volcano for their safety. Others say they are selling their cows because they don’t know when they’ll be able to return.

“It’s obviously an awful thing. We want to be out of here just to be safe,” said an Australian woman at Bali’s airport who identified herself as Miriam. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said hundreds of thousands of face masks will be distributed in Bali as part of government humanitarian assistance that includes thousands of mattresses and blankets. Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

Government volcanologist Surono, who uses one name, said the feared eruption could be huge and potentially also close airports in East Java and Lombok, according to local media reports. Agung is in the north of the island about 43 miles from the tourist hotspot of Kuta. People have been told to stay at least 6 miles from the crater, but to stay 7.5 miles away when to the north, northeast, southeast, and south-southwest.

Over the past 5,000 years, Agung has erupted once a century on average and about a quarter of its eruptions have been a similar or stronger strength than 1963. Macquarie University volcanologist Heather Handley said the eruptions in 1843 and 1963 had a Volcanic Explosivity Index of about 5 on a scale where 8 would be the strength of an ancient supervolcano eruption such as Yellowstone in the U.S. or Toba in Indonesia.

Although officials have said there is no immediate threat to tourists, a significant eruption would force the closure of Bali’s international airport, stranding thousands. The island is famous for its surfing, beaches and its elegant Hindu culture is still safe to visit. Bali’s Ngurah rai International Airport has been operating normally since the alert status for Mount Agung was raised to the highest level on Friday.

Nearly 5 million tourists visited Bali last year.

Comments

philipat cossack55 Mon, 09/25/2017 - 22:14 Permalink

I live in Bali and find this report a little OTT. The South of the Island, where most tourism is centred, remains (And will remain whatever) unaffected by Agung and completely safe. The (now very busy) International airport is also located in the far South.Agung, sacred to the Balinese, is located at the far North East of the island. At this time of year, the dry season, winds are from the South-East bringing cooler air up from the Australian Winter/Fall. So volcanic ash would disperse to the North and West depending on precise wind directions at the time. This means that the International airport and most tourism are unlikely to be affected by Agung unless there is a massive eruption which disperses volcanic ash over a larger area, possibly moving up towards Malaysia and Singapore.

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philipat Rusty Shorts Mon, 09/25/2017 - 22:31 Permalink

Yes correct and I attempted to correct that error but the ZH correction time limits are set to "fierce" today for some reason. Actually the statement is correct in the sense that the dry season (Generally March-October but can vary by a couple of months at each end) here is coming to and end and the cooler South-Easterly winds do indeed largely influence Bali primarily during the Australian Fall and WInter. With a longer dry season, they can extend into the Australian Spring (now). Temperatures in Sydney are already up into the high 20"s.

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philipat beemasters Tue, 09/26/2017 - 00:31 Permalink

Thanks and yes will do. I plan to jump in the ocean on Sanur Beach if all else fails!But unless there is an epic eruption, perhaps similar to Krakatoa (Immortalized in the movie "Krakatau, East of Java"; one of the early MSM hypes because "East" sounded more exotic than "West" where Kakatoa is actually located in relation to Java) proportions, we should be OK in the South.

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Withnail philipat Tue, 09/26/2017 - 15:45 Permalink

I live in Bali and find this report a little OTT. The South of the Island, where most tourism is centred, remains (And will remain whatever) unaffected by Agung and completely safe. The (now very busy) International airport is also located in the far South. 

Let's not forget what happened to Krakatoa. After it erupted, it destroyed the entire island which it was a part of. 

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Nobody For President J S Bach Mon, 09/25/2017 - 23:54 Permalink

Oh Johann, been happening with the Yellowstone Caladara for some time this year.Only that one take out the entire westeren US! Or maybe the world!Bali needs to do some serious zoning and declare a bunch of square miles a no-build, no habitate area. OK for day tourists, but no living there = allow it to revert to wilderness permanently. It is quite possible it could grumble and rumble for several years, then die back down - a year ain't an eyeblink in geologic time, and to run people out, then allow then to come back in, then run 'em out again in six months (or two years or whatever) ain't too smart.

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philipat seataka Tue, 09/26/2017 - 00:24 Permalink

Unlikely. The Russians were kicked out of Indonesia after the attempted "Communist coup" in 1965 which overthrew Soekarno and resulted in the coming to power of the kleptocratic Soeharto regimen in 1967. Yet another coup in which everyone's favorite alphabet soup Agency, the see eye aye was involved. Nothing changes?

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Implied Violins Rapunzal Mon, 09/25/2017 - 22:51 Permalink

Do you follow SOTT.NET? I bought that book by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadcyzyck (sp?) - "Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection" and was totally bowled over (and last time I checked it had 55 reviews on Amazon, every one of them five stars).

There is definitely something to the Electric Universe theory. It is MUCH more believable and provable than the "Gravity-Centric" model. And there is DEFINITELY something "out there" that sends waves of comets this way.

I wonder: could all of this Nork nuke/Syria woar bullshit be cover, in case a comet/asteroid THAT 'THEY' KNOW ABOUT is about to hit us?

Just sayin'...

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Michael Musashi Bigly Mon, 09/25/2017 - 23:57 Permalink

I love Bali. But you know who ruined the place besides drunk tourists? Muslims. They come over from the surrounding islands and have phucked the whole place up. The Balinese are some of the nicest, most hospitable people around, but get a bad reputation from all the Muslims that go there and blend in and cause trouble.

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wintermute Mon, 09/25/2017 - 20:40 Permalink

I feel like hiking this volcano just after I finish exploring below that Puerto Rico dam.It's a lot safer than being near the nuke alley of the North Pacific.