This weekend has certainly been interesting.
Many of us were waiting to be advised if the Alert status had been reduced after the Volcanology Centre for Geological Disaster Mitigation announced on Friday 20th October that they were considering downgrading the status, however an evaluation would be made later that afternoon.
To determine whether the status will be lowered or not, they would need to wait for an evaluation to be done by PVMBG with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Nusa Dua, Badung.
The Head of Volcano Mitigation Field PVMBG / BG ESDM I Gede Suartika (Friday 20th October, 2017) revealed, visually a thin smoke span with a height of 50-100 meters. He said that sometimes a height of 200-500 meters is still visible from the top and that the bottom of the crater to date there has been no significant change.
On Saturday 21st October, 2017 I received a tip from a source, who advised me that a PDF document had been distributed confirming that Alert level IV will not decrease after an official announcement had been made at a press conference
The decision not to decrease the Alert status was made because of GPS and other supporting data which indicated aggressive activity on the mountain.
The press conference was held at Gunung Agung Observation Post in Rendang Village, Karangasem on Saturday 21st October.
Head of PVMG/KESDM, Kasbani, accompanied the Head of Mount Mitigasi Gede Suantika and Head of Easter Mitigation Sub-Mitigation Devy Kami Syahbana.
The press were advised that seismicity is not the only basis for lowering the status of Mount Agung from Altert level to Idle.
To reduce the status of the instrument side of seismic data, GPS, satellite images or other supporting equipment must be the same.
If other data is not the same then the status cannot be lowered. Even based on the monitoring of seismic activity from September to October 21, it noted that there have been 25 thousand times the volcanic earthquake.
The amount is said to be very large compared to other volcanoes. Usually other volcanoes that are smaller than Agung would immediately erupt.
Gunung Agung is very special and very strong.
It has been pushed so many times with the earthquakes, so strong in fact that the magma has not come out.
Fast forward to today 23rd October, 2017.
This morning we went on our daily walk, I was surprised to see the “Big Fella” in all his glory. I ran back home to retrieve my trusty IPhone 6.
I was mesmerised once again by the magnificence of Mount Agung. I was also surprised how quickly the plume of smoke (steam) changed from thin to thick.
After we returned home I jumped online to download breaking news from the Bali Post. Made will translate for you in the Instagram story below.
It seems our magnificent Mount Agung will continue to surprise us, we are still the same here on here on our magnificent Island of the Gods.
Last week was delightful.
We have welcomed overseas visitors, Made as always has been the perfect guide and Bali ambassador.
I have met with visitors at a five star resort to sign my memoir, the same location in Ubud where the Obama’s stayed recently.
The weather is perfect, it is without doubt the best time to visit Bali, an exciting experience you will only find here on the Island of the Gods.
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