July 9, 2018
Mother Earth rumbled last week with the Mount Agung volcano reminding us that it is still active. We are conscious of the fact that many media outlets outside of Indonesia are inclined to publish very dramatic photos and stories, so we want to share with you what we know.
Based on our Government and other reputable sources, here are 10 things we know for sure:
Mt Agung remains on level 3 – Standby (of the four-tiered volcano alert system)
On Monday, July 2, 2018, there was a strombolian eruption that was accompanied by some blooming sounds and bursts of incandescent stone/lava in the immediate radius of the crater. This resulted in some localized fires, hence some of the dramatic photos circulating.
The volcano is not overflowing.
There is a 4 km exclusion zone around the crater.
The airport is open and over the past twelve months or so has closed for a total of 2.5 days, due to the volcano.
There is no tsunami threat associated with Mount Agung.
Volcanoes such as this, can remain active for many years and may increase in activity or completely die-down.
Should the volcano increase in activity, the greatest risk to residents and visitors to Bali (beyond the exclusion zone) is ashfall. Havings masks handy remains a sound precaution.
The prevailing winds are friendly to most, blowing any ash offshore.
The volcano remains dynamic and can change anytime, but monitoring indicates that the potential for major eruptions accompanied by hot clouds, has not been observed.
We continue to monitor the situation closely and will be in contact again if the situation changes.
Kate, Leslie, and Wayan Green School Executive Team