Mount Agung Watch: Over 34,000 flee rumbling volcano as tremors grow

More than 34,000 people have fled from a rumbling volcano on the resort island of Bali as the magnitude of tremors grows, prompting fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said Sunday. Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said the number of people fleeing their homes surrounding the volcano ...

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Agung Watch Update: Volcano now on highest alert level as 10,000 people flee

Agung Watch Update: Volcano now on highest alert level as 10,000 people flee

Indonesian officials raised the highest possible alert for a volcano on the resort island of Bali late Friday, after tremors prompted thousands to flee over fears it could erupt...

Agung Watch 2017: Monkeys and snakes seen coming down the Bali volcano

Agung Watch 2017: Monkeys and snakes seen coming down the Bali volcano

Monkeys and snakes have been spotted coming down from Mt. Agung, the Bali volcano that’s been acting up and is currently on standby for a possible eruption. You know things are...

Power of Prayer?: Hindus hold ceremonies for active volcano Mt. Agung while thousands of Muslims pray that island is spared

Power of Prayer?: Hindus hold ceremonies for active volcano Mt. Agung while thousands of Muslims pray that island is spared

Balinese Hindus have been conducting a number of ceremonies at Mt. Agung, trying to prevent a deadly eruption from the volcano, while Muslims across the island have been getting...

A look at Mt. Agung’s last eruption and the wider consequences of a Ring of Fire explosion

A look at Mt. Agung’s last eruption and the wider consequences of a Ring of Fire explosion

Richard John Arculus, Australian National University A marked increase in the number of earthquakes happening below Mount Agung volcano in eastern Bali, Indonesia, over the past...

Evacuees from Mt. Agung return home after realizing falling ash is from fires on volcano’s slopes but local residents urged to remain alert

Evacuees from Mt. Agung return home after realizing falling ash is from fires on volcano’s slopes but local residents urged to remain alert

Fires blazing along the slopes of Bali’s Mt. Agung, but the flames were not caused by recent volcanic activity, say officials. The wildfires had sent dust and ash in the air,...

Exclusion zone around Bali’s Mt. Agung expanded, alert level raised a second time

Exclusion zone around Bali’s Mt. Agung expanded, alert level raised a second time

The alert level has been raised for the second time in less than under a week for Bali’s rumbling Mt. Agung volcano. The volcano’s exclusion zone has also been doubled with...

Mt. Agung trekkers advised to not get closer than 2.5 kilometers from crater: Alert level raised for Bali volcano

Mt. Agung trekkers advised to not get closer than 2.5 kilometers from crater: Alert level raised for Bali volcano

The alert level on Bali’s Mt. Agung volcano has been raised and trekkers are advised not to get too close to the crater. The Karangasem Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency...

Bali’s Mt. Agung shows some rumbling activity (VIDEO)

Bali’s Mt. Agung shows some rumbling activity (VIDEO)

Mt. Agung, Bali’s tallest volcano, has been showing activity with some rumbles, but we shouldn’t be too worried just yet, say authorities. A video of the activity, accompanied...

Tourists evacuated from Nusa Penida hills after forest fire erupts

Tourists evacuated from Nusa Penida hills after forest fire erupts

Forest fires erupted in the rugged hills of Nusa Penida’s Kelingking Beach on Sunday, calling for the evacuation of four tourists. Nusa Penida is a small island off the...


 

Coconuts Bali Environment

Situated on the Ring of Fire and a part of “volcano country”, Bali is unfortunately disaster prone. Erupting volcanoes from neighboring islands (most usually Lombok’s Mt. Rinjani) have often and recently spewed volcanic ash clouds in Bali’s direction, ultimately messing with flights and leaving loads of travelers stranded in Bali (not that that’s the worst thing). But volcanoes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to natural disaster potential on the island. Do not forget earthquakes, tsunamis, king tides, flooding, and landslides. Some of these are more common than others. Besides natural disasters, environment stories in Bali often have to do with Bali’s threatened ecosystem. If you’ve ever been on a Bali beach, especially during rainy season, then you’ll know that garbage disposal is a major challenge here. Non biodegradable plastic in the form of water bottles and instant noodles packaging gets cast into the ocean or burnt in toxic trash fires. Perhaps the biggest environmental issues facing Bali at the moment though is a political one. The reclamation mega-project proposed for South Bali’s Benoa Bay has been called a major environmental calamity waiting to happen. Artificial islands built in the bay to house more hotels (because there aren’t enough hotels in Bali) would destroy the precious mangrove ecosystem, which many believe would result in the flooding of village upon village.