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In Photos: Smoke and red lava as seen on Mount Agung in Bali

Sehar Qazi | Updated on: 28 November 2017, 18:29 IST
A general view shows Mount Agung erupting seen at night from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on 28 November, 2017. ( AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA)

About 150,000 people were evacuated as the flow of glowing red lava grew powerful on Bali’s Mount Agung. The burnt orange lava and column of ash rising from the volcano could be seen in most images and videos from the place.

The Balinese volcano is the highest point on the island and the nature of eruptions has grown increasingly from phreatic to magmatic levels. The eruption has also disrupted the plans of thousands of travellers who were planning to visit the place.

Also, due to the current rainy season authorities have warned the residents about the dangers of hazardous ash and rapid-moving mudflows known as lahar which is moving down the volcano’s slope.

Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport remained closed and around 445 flights were cancelled stranding around 59,000 travellers.

It was in 1963 when instruments were installed to measure the activity of Mount Agung, but as of now, volcanologists are finding it difficult to compare the historical data and predict the intensity of future eruptions.

Have a look at giant volcanic eruption:


A general view shows Mount Agung erupting seen at night from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. (AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA)
Balinese take part in a ceremony, where they pray near Mount Agung in hope of preventing a volcanic eruption, in Muntig village of the Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. (AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA)
Balinese children wear masks as Mount Agung erupts (not pictured) in Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. (AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA)
A general view shows Mount Agung erupting seen from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. (AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA)
Passengers gather at the Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, Bali on 28 November, 2017 to wait for possible flights out following Mount Agung's volcano eruption. (AFP PHOTO / JUNI KRISWANTO)
Balinese stay the night at an evacuation centre after Mt. Agung volcano erupted for a second time within a week, at the Klungkung Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. ( AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA)
First published: 28 November 2017, 18:29 IST
 
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