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Bali volcano: All you need to know about Mount Agung

By Chennabasaveshwar
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    Mount Agung or Gunung Agung is a volcano in Bali, Indonesia,  Mount Agung volcano is the highest point on Bali. It dominates the surrounding area, influencing the climate, especially rainfall patterns.

    Mount Agung last erupted on 26 November 2017. The alert for a volcano belching huge plumes of smoke on Indonesia's resort island of Bali has been raised to the highest level, officials said, with fears a significant eruption could be imminent, reports PTI.

    Its 1963-1964 eruption was one of the largest and most devastating in Indonesia's history. At least 1600 people were killed.

    Balinese believe that Mt Agung is a replica of Mt Meru, the central axis of the universe. One legend holds that the mountain is a fragment of Meru brought to Bali by the first Hindus. The most important temple on Bali, Pura Besakih, is located high on the slopes of Gunung Agung.

    From the peak of the mountain, it is possible to see the peak of Mt Rinjani on the nearby island of Lombok, to the east, although both mountains are frequently covered in clouds.

    Mount Agung volcano is seen from Kubu village

    Mount Agung volcano is seen from Kubu village

    Mount Agung volcano is seen from Kubu village which is few kilometers from the crater of Mount Agung volcano in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. Indonesian authorities are urging people not to climb the active Mount Agung volcano on Bali after a video of a foreigner standing on the edge of its smoking crater circulated online. The Disaster Mitigation Agency says the volcano is "very dangerous" and could explode anytime. AP/PTI

    Schoolchildren walk with Mount Agung volcano

    Schoolchildren walk with Mount Agung volcano

    Schoolchildren walk with Mount Agung volcano in the background in Karangasem, Bali island, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. It has been a month since authorities raised the volcano's alert status to the highest level after a sudden increase in tremors. It last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,000 people. AP/PTI Photo

    Villagers sit on a truck during evacuation

    Villagers sit on a truck during evacuation

    Villagers sit on a truck during an evacuation following the eruption of Mount Agung, seen in the background, in Karangasem, Indonesia, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. The volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali has rumbled into life with a series of eruptions that temporarily disrupted some international flights to the popular tourist destination and dusted nearby resorts and villages with a thin layer of ash. AP/PTI photo

    NASA Disasters Program

    NASA Disasters Program

    The NASA Disasters Program is currently monitoring the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian Island of Bali. Numerous earthquakes in the region have prompted evacuations of over 50,000 people from the area surrounding the volcano. The volcano has been shaking since August, and is threatening eruption for the first time in over 50 years. Courtesy: disasters.nasa.gov

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