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Shrinking Danger

Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency Reduces Size of Exclusion Zone Surrounding Mount Agung


The Agency for Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), that forms part of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, has issued an announcement reducing the exclusion zone surrounding the Mount Agung volcano to only 6 kilometers. 
Prior to the downsizing of the exclusion zone announced on Thursday, January 4, 2018, the zone considered unsafe for human activities measured between 8-10 kilometers from the mountain's peak.
As reported by, Mount Agung remains under the highest “Level 4 – Awas” warning indicating that an eruption could occur at any time. 
Monitoring stations surrounding the mountain and staffed by experts from PVMBG confirm ongoing seismic activity, mountain deformation, and eruptions of smoke, ash and small stones from the volcano’s crater.
The volume of lava contained within the crater is currently estimated at 20 million cubic meters, filling only one-third of the crater’s carrying capacity of 60 million cubic meters. Scientist say that current developments suggest that the crater will not “fill” with lava anytime in the near to medium term.
While seismic tremors continue to be recorded on a daily basis emanating from within the mountain, no significant increase in frequency or intensity of these tremors have been recorded through January 7, 2018.