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Head of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) told reporters yesterday that Mount Agung seismic activity is still high, with 500-600 deep earthquakes, 350 shallow earthquakes and local tectonic quakes in the range of 60 a day are being recorded. Although still high, the amount of activity has decreased even though the crater is still emitting sulfatara smoke.

“The rate has dropped since September 22 and 23. Now it’s a little less,” explained Head of PVMBG, Gede Suantika, on Friday (20/10), at the launch of an early warning system at the UKM Center Building, Amlapura.

Suantika stated that Mount Agung has indeed expanded but only in micrometer sizes. Although there is still some inflation, now there is no movement or concentration of magma towards the top of the mountain. ”The concentration of magma to the surface is still zero. There has been no magma migration,” he said, as reported Bali Post.

Currently, he added, magma is estimated to be still at a depth of 5 to 10 kilometers. However, although there is a decrease in the frequency of earthquakes during the last two days, there are still tremors being felt. However, the good news is that those earthquakes are not centered under Mount Agung, mainly occurring in the area between Mount Agung and Mount Abang.

Until Friday afternoon, PVMBG still kept the highest level of ‘beware’ for Mount Agung and continues the recommendation of evacuating the area in a radius of nine kilometers and a sectoral radius of 12 kilometers.

In regard to the smoke still coming from the crater, based on observations at Rendang Post on the west side and Batu Lempeh to the north, sulfatara smoke with a height of 100 meters is still rising. White smoke means there is a dominance of water vapor inside the mountain that occurs due to warming.

Meanwhile, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika hopes the status of Gunung Agung can be lowered in the near future. “Already a month, the impact is going to be long,” he said on the sidelines of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group Leader Meeting at Padma Resort, Legian, on Wednesday.

According to Pastika, there are a number of issues that must be faced as a consequence of the high alert status of Mount Agung. Meeting the needs of evacuees is the main concern. “In one day, for example, we must prepare 50 tons of rice,” he said. The amount is quite a burden for the Bali government, because the supply of rice in the area is limited.

Another problem is the stagnation of a number of government projects. “This budget year is going to finish soon and what is the status of the budget?” said Pastika. According to the governor, the management of government project funds is not a trivial matter. “There are rules, for example if the projects are not completed, there is a penalty, and the money should go back to the state treasury.”

Image: Mount Agung, courtesy of FB

Showing 11 comments
  • Susan Darcy

    Duh the picture is Mt Batur. Time for one of your reporters /photographers to leave there desk and take a few photos. There is a world out there beyond Seminyak…

  • Grima Kerry

    Nothing to see here

  • Colin van den Broek

    Donny Brasco Hope not

  • M Carafino

    The Gov. of Bali should resign immediately.

    If the Governor cannot supply 50 tons of rice daily to the local people, how are we to believe he can manage transporting tourist to other islands if the airport is shut down form Volcanic ash? Bali is like going to Las Vegas, roll the dice……. maybe you get lucky, find love, find meaning, find spirituality, find good surf, find new friends or like many unfortunate tourist, find yourself in a very bad situation that only gets worst, or maybe find yourself seeing your life flash before your eyes in the last seconds before you die from some stupid unnecessary incident in a country that has very little respect for the definition of human life and safety. The local people are financially desperate, a Hindu religion that is more and more being encompassed and squeezed by the dominant Muslim population flooding the small economical hub of Bali. I will always love you Bali. Good Luck.

    • Editor Seminyaktimes

      It’s kind of ironic you bring up Las Vegas as an example of safe society.

      • M Carafino

        You as the Editor Seminyaktimes, fail to realize the reality of the Gov. not being able to supply the local people in distress enough rice/food. This is the exact definition of my statement of a “stupid unnecessary incident in a country that has very little respect for the definition of human life and safety”. If you would like to convolute my statements, fine, I suppose you can compare the actions of General Prabowo Subianto upon his own people in the same contexts as the psychopath who shot unarmed people gathering in Las Vegas. Is that what you mean? If you go to Bali and make it in and out of the country without experiencing corruption, robbery, sickness, near death on the road or other, than your lucky. Same as when you go to a casino, Las Vegas, Monaco or elsewhere, you roll the dice and win or lose. Good Luck with your newspaper.

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