Current Status of Mount Agung (Last update October 24th, 2017)


Dear ICTST 2017 Authors and Participants,

We are glad to inform you that the current status of volcanic activity of Mt. Agung has been lowered
The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation / Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi (PVMBG) of Indonesia has issued the official statement regarding the status of volcanic activity of Mt. Agung. Based on recent observation (up to Oct 29, 2017), the PVMBG stated that the status of volcanic activity of Mt. Agung, has been lowered from High Alert (Level 4, scale 1-4) to Alert (Level 3, scale 1-4). Yet, the awareness regarding the issue must be maintained since the volcanic activity still remain in the intermediate to high level with the with the exclusion zone at 9 km, and an additional expansion to 12 km in the SE, S, and SW directions.

According to the seismic observation, since Oct 20th, the observation showed that the number of high frequency earthquake due to volcanic activity the Mt. Agung is decreasing. This shows that the number of cracks occured in the rock layers of Mt. Agung is lower. However, the low frequency earthquake is still recorded confirming the existence of the magma movement to the surface.
Meanwhile, according to the visual observation, the Mt. Agung is able to be clearly observed in the normal day and often, however, it is covered by fog. During 18-24 October dense white plumes were seen rising as high as 500 m above the crater rim.

The detailed explanation regarding the lowering of Mt. Agung status can be obtained in the following link:

http://www.vsi.esdm.go.id/index.php/gunungapi/aktivitas-gunungapi/1771--penurunan-status-gunungapi-agung-bali-dari-level-iv-awas-ke-level-iii-siaga-tanggal-29-oktober-2017-pukul-1600-wita
http://www.smh.com.au/world/mount-agung-volcano-alert-in-bali-downgraded-20171029-gzalz0.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-30/bali-mount-agung-volcano-threat-decreases/9097790

And also, please keep updated regarding the Mt. Agung status in:
https://magma.vsi.esdm.go.id/press/view.php?id=101
https://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=264020

Thank you for your attention and cooperation. 
We are looking forward to meeting you in Bali, Indonesia.



Old Post (September) :

The Potential Eruption of the Moung Agung

Official Statement of ICTST 2017 Committee for the Potential Eruption of the Mount Agung.


Mount Agung is an active volcanic mountain laid in the eastern region of Bali Island, Indonesia, in the lattitude of 8.343S, 115.508E. It has summit elevation of 2995 meter and towers over the eastern end of the Bali Island. It is located about 72 km away in the north-east of Kuta, Bali.

As reported in the media, the volcanic activity of Mount Agung has increased in the last recent weeks. According to the recent report by Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi (Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation) of Indonesia, the rate of the magmatic activity at shallow depths are still high. The number of earthquake in distance of 12.5 km SSW, was peaked on 27 September and then decreased afterwards. Gas plumes rose 50-200 m above the crater rim. The Alert Level remained at 4 (the highest level on a scale of 1-4) with the exclusion zone at 9 km, and an additional expansion to 12 km in the SE, S, and SW directions. 
(Source: Global Volcanism Program, 2017. Report on Agung (Indonesia). In: Sennert, S K (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 4 October-10 October 2017. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey)

Please keep updated regarding Mount Agung status at this following site:
https://magma.vsi.esdm.go.id/press/view.php?id=101
https://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=264020

Regarding the Mount Agung issue, ICTST 2017 Committee has arranged three possible scenarios for the conference:
1. Conference is going to be conducted while remain up to date in monitoring of the Mount Agung status. 
2. If the hazardous volcanic eruption occurred before the conference day, the decision regarding the run of the conference will be decided based on the official statement of Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi (Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation) of Indonesia. If the conference is cancelled, the registration fee that has been paid by the participants will be returned. 
3. If the hazardous volcanic eruption occurred during the running of the conference, the evacuation of the conference participants will be done to the safest place or nearest airport. 

Thank you for your attention and cooperation. Hopefully, everything will be fine until the conference is finished. Looking forward to see you in Bali, Indonesia.


Kind Regards,
ICTST 2017 Committee