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    Photo Mount Agung 2017 Volcanic Eruption [PHOTOS]



    About 100,000 people near Bali's Mount Agung have been ordered to evacuate as officials fear a major eruption.
    Indonesian authorities have raised the state of alert to its highest level, and expanded the exclusion zone around the rumbling volcano.
    The island's airport has now closed, leaving thousands stranded in the tourist hotspot.

    Authorities say dark smoke and ash have been billowing up to 3,400m (11,150ft) above the mountain's summit.
    Officials have warned residents to stay away from rock and debris flows known as lahars, which have been spotted flowing down from the mountain.

    Mount Agung's volcanic tremors first began in September.
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    From the photos, the volcano seems too far away to be a threat to those colorfully-dressed people, but that may be an illusion. I think, just to play it safe, they should all board a boat and head for New Zealand.
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    It depends on the size of the eruption. Pompeii was about 5 miles (8km) from the summit of Vesuvius, and that was near enough for its population to be gently cooked by a pyroclastic flow before being buried by up to 25m of volcanic ash.
    Agung is the next big volcano west from Mount Samalas on Lombok (don't look for it on your map, it isn't there any more, instead there's a caldera 6-7km in diameter and up to 9000 ft deep - though you will find fragments of it in the Greenland icecap), whose eruption in 1257AD was the largest in the last 2000 years and may have caused mass deaths from famine in London the following year.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1257_Samalas_eruption
    And for the 'hard' science: https://www.nature.com/articles/srep34868
    And the pretty pictures:
    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Mo...=1511990274803

    Hopefully Mount Agung isn't planning anything on that scale, but if it is New Zealand will be quite near enough!
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    Oh dear...deaddirty, you are a walking encyclopedia, but you do cast such a pall. I think, as the islanders and I float off towards Auckland and our salvation, we shall sing a goodbye chorus dedicated to you: "Every party has a pooper, that's why we invited you, party pooper!" :D
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    Nancy Astor, responding to a heckler in the crowd as she campaigned for a seat in Parliament, 1919

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    If you think I cast a pall, try Mount Agung - I'm just not in that league, I don't remember every producing a really destructive pyroclastic flow.
    But since you've challenged me to show my skills at party pooping - surprising how often New Zealand features in the lists of major eruptions, in fact it actually produced the most recent VEI 8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...anic_eruptions
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    Quote Originally Posted by deaddirty View Post
    ...producing a really destructive pyroclastic flow...
    I love when you talk dirty! I will check out the link you've provided, thank you, even though I know going in it's bound to be full of doom and gloom. Right now it is sunny and warm in beautiful Wellington, where I am enjoying the physical delights of some young Maori models.
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    Nancy Astor, responding to a heckler in the crowd as she campaigned for a seat in Parliament, 1919

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    Stick to those young Maori models, don't go near Mount/Lake Taupo ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taupo_Volcano ), and avoid ignimbrite at all costs.
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    "Pyroclastic flows can travel hundreds of kilometres an hour." That's like 125 mph! You can't outrun that shit.
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    Nancy Astor, responding to a heckler in the crowd as she campaigned for a seat in Parliament, 1919

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    Ok, so you can't avoid ignimbrite - hey Alex, if your luck is out bigtime you could become a permanent part of the geology of New Zealand.
    If you're kissing Death make sure you've got a blue protruding tongue.
    “I didn’t know about the role of urine in the preparation of cloth...Oh fuck, I’ve spent three days reading about lichens!’”

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    And if anyone's got worrytime going spare after Agung, Campo Flegri, Combre Vieja, Yellowstone - try worrying about Öræfajökul (pronounced: Mount Unpronouncable the Second):

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...fajokull-agung


    Terrawatch: the reawakening of Öræfajökull

    While the world watches Agung, thousands of kilometres away another volcano is quaking and geologists are beginning to feel jittery

    Ice-capped Öraefajökull, Iceland’s largest volcano. Photograph: Dave McGarvie/Open University

    Kate Ravilious

    All eyes have been on Mount Agung for the past week, watching the mesmerising clouds of ash pouring out of this tempestuous Indonesian volcano. Right now, the question is whether it is building for a repeat of the devastating eruption in 1963, when lava and lahars (rivers of water and rock) flooded hectares of land in minutes, killing 1,100 people.

    An image from the Sentinel-2B satellite shows an ice cauldron forming in the crater of Öræfajökul. Photograph: Antti Lipponen/Creative Commons

    While the news bulletins focus on Agung, geologists are starting to feel jittery about another volcano, thousands of kilometres away in Iceland. The unpronounceable Öræfajökull last erupted in 1727, so we don’t have measurements to show how this volcano behaves in the lead-up to an eruption. The glaciated mountain, which is Iceland’s highest volcano, is teasing scientists by producing swarms of small earthquakes under its flanks. “Earthquakes are rare at Öræfajökull, so they may indicate a reawakening,” says Dave McGarvie, a volcanologist at the Open University.
    Three people died during the relatively small eruption in 1727, when a meltwater flood swept their farm away. But the really scary eruption occurred in 1362, when sailors reported pumice “in such masses that ships could hardly make their way through it”. Thick volcanic deposits obliterated the rich farmland surrounding the volcano, and ash travelled as far as western Europe.
    “It was Iceland’s largest explosive eruption since the island was settled, about 1,100 years ago,” says McGarvie. But the abandoned farmsteads reveal that this volcano produced many earthquakes before both previous eruptions, giving people time to evacuate. For now, Icelandic scientists have installed extra earthquake monitoring equipment and are listening intently to the rumblings below.
    If you're kissing Death make sure you've got a blue protruding tongue.
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    Oh dear, when I read about the horrors people are going through in other places, I think maybe I shouldn't complain about whatever's bothering me at home...but I will anyway. Bitching is therapeutic, and, the fact is, Icelanders would be griping about their postman being late, etc. etc., if they didn't have the possibility of an imminent pyroclastic flow to occupy them. People enjoy whinging.
    "Now you just shut up!"
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