Report on Agung (Indonesia) — 27 June-3 July 2018
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 27 June-3 July 2018
Managing Editor: Sally Kuhn Sennert
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2018. Report on Agung (Indonesia). In: Sennert, S K (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 27 June-3 July 2018. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
8.343°S, 115.508°E; summit elev. 2997 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
PVMBG reported that seismicity at Agung continued to be dominated by low-frequency events. The number of earthquakes increased from 15/day on 25 June to 69/day on 28 June; harmonic tremor emerged on 27 June, and at 2221 an event generated an ash plume that rose 2 km above the crater rim and drifted W. Gas-and-ash emissions were continuous during 28-29 June, rising around 2 km and drifting W and SW, and incandescence was reflected in the plume; satellite data confirmed that high-temperature (1,200 degrees Celsius) lava flowed onto the crater floor. The intensity of the thermal anomaly on 29 June was the largest recorded at Agung since the beginning of the eruption on 21 November 2017.
BNPB noted that the ash plumes on 28 June caused some airlines to cancel flights to Bali, and ashfall was reported in several villages on Bangli. The International Gusti Ngurah Rai (IGNR) airport (60 km SW) in Denpasar, the Blimbing Sari Airport (128 km W) in Banyuwangi, and the Noto Hadinegoro Airport (200 km W) in Jember closed for portions of the day on 29 June.
Lava continued to effuse, and by 1 July the estimated volume of new lava was 4-5 million cubic meters making the total volume erupted since 21 November 2017 around 27-28 million cubic meters (50% of the total crater volume). The height difference between the lowest part of the crater rim (SW side) and the highest part of the lava surface (in the center of the crater) was 85-90 m. Satellite data showed that the intensity of the thermal anomaly decreased during 28 June-2 July, though still remained at a high level. At 2104 on 2 July an explosion generated an ash plume that rose 7-9 km above the crater rim, and ejected incandescent lava as far as 2 km onto the flanks. News articles noted that the deposits caused forest fires on the upper flanks, and that the event prompted about 700 people to evacuate. An event at 0413 on 3 July generated an ash plume that rose around 2 km. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-4) and the exclusion zone was stable at a 4-km radius.
Geologic Background. Symmetrical Agung stratovolcano, Bali's highest and most sacred mountain, towers over the eastern end of the island. The volcano, whose name means "Paramount," rises above the SE caldera rim of neighboring Batur volcano, and the northern and southern flanks extend to the coast. The summit area extends 1.5 km E-W, with the high point on the W and a steep-walled 800-m-wide crater on the E. The Pawon cone is located low on the SE flank. Only a few eruptions dating back to the early 19th century have been recorded in historical time. The 1963-64 eruption, one of the largest in the 20th century, produced voluminous ashfall along with devastating pyroclastic flows and lahars that caused extensive damage and many fatalities.