-- Shooting white ash and black
smoke 5.5 miles high into the sky and covering the
surrounding area with gray cold lava, a volcano in Bali,
Indonesia, threatens to erupt red hot lava anytime, reports
Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.
A big blast could
produce hot lava and rocks sliding down the slopes causing
Killer hot lava can flow down the Mt Agung Volcano in
Bali, Indonesia, but it is rumbling and erupting with white
ash and black smoke for the last three days.
So far, the local people have not been affected although
around 60,000 tourists have been stranded as the
international airport was closed and only opened today, 30
Starting last weekend, the volcano has cast a doomsday
pall over the island and played havoc with its economy
mostly dependent on tourism.
Since the international airport is closed, about 60,000
tourists are impatiently awaiting to fly out.
The Bali government has warned around 100,000 people
living within twelve kms of the volcano to evacuate the
affected area but this has been ignored.
The landscape is awash with slippery lava covering the
fields and streams.
Further away, everyone is anxiously watching the awesome
"It is interesting to observe this natural phenomenon,
the eruption of Mt Agung," writes Bhagawati Morris from
"Feeling the vibrations at times, gentle moving under
one’s feet, sometimes hearing the rumbling of the volcano,
sometimes merely sensing the sounds inside the body."
An author, and a photographer, Bhagawati has been living
in Bali for many years, as she observes:
"We very much feel the plight of the Balinese who live
close to the volcano who have been evacuated for the second
time in as many months but as we already saw during the
first time, a huge outpouring of help came from those who
could help with money, material donations, and care.
"This is something so very touching to see – in that we
are all ONE."
"We are about 60 kilometers southwest of Mt Agung -
should ashes start moving over the island, they could reach
but as it is monsoon right now, they do get dampened down.
"We have stocked up masking tape in case we need to cover
any tiny gaps in windows and doors and we have also enough
face masks to use in case of ashes."
Four million people of Bali are no doubt worried about
the volcano that can erupt hot lava and destroy the
surrounding homes and farms and also deplete earnings from
tourists, the mainstay of the economy.
Bali’s volcano could repeat the devastating 1963 blast
that left 1,600 people dead.
‘The worst-case scenario would be a repeat of the 1963
eruption, perhaps a little be larger,’ David Pyle, a volcano
expert at the University of Oxford in Britain, told AFP.