The activity of the Agung has clearly changed during the night. After the Bali volcano clouded the air with smoke 1,500m above its summit yesterday, this early morning magmatic eruption sent a large ash plume at a height of more than 4,000 meters above the volcanic peak. The ash cloud is heading towards ENE and Lombok Island, where small ashfalls have already been reported. Thousands of people living nearby had already been forced to flee over fears it would erupt when smoke filled the air on Tuesday. People living within 7.5km (4.5 miles) of the mountain have been told to evacuated. Bali’s airport is operating normally, but some airlines have cancelled their flights. The volcano last erupted in 1963, killing 1,600 people.
Mass evacuations also took place in September when Mount Agung showed signs of erupting, forcing more than 120,000 from their homes.
Many had since returned after the volcano appeared to be calming, but fresh fears of eruption have caused more chaos for residents.
After the last eruption, around 25,000 people have been evacuated to more than 200 temporary shelters.
Gome-2 satellite detected the sulfur dioxide emitted by the eruption; this morning at 9:30 local, the flow of SO was estimated at 1,000-2,000 tons, a value qualified with certainty of magmatic. The BNPB also claims that the eruptions have a magmatic character since last night.
More than six years after a tsunami overwhelmed the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Japan has yet to reach consensus on what to do with a million tons of radioactive water, stored on site in around 900 large and densely packed tanks that could spill should another major earthquake or tsunami strike. Experts advising the government have urged a gradual release to the Pacific Ocean, while local fishermen and residents are balking. And what about the world? Fukushima’s radioactivity has already spread across the world and releasing more tons of contaminated waters will surely not help to stop the global nuclear cataclysm currently sweeping across our seas.
The amount of radioactive water at Fukushima is still growing, by 150 tons a day.
The reactors are damaged beyond repair, but cooling water must be constantly pumped in to keep them from overheating. That water picks up radioactivity before leaking out of the damaged containment chambers and collecting in the basements.
There, the volume of contaminated water grows, because it mixes with groundwater that has seeped in through cracks in the reactor buildings. After treatment, 210 tons is reused as cooling water, and the remaining 150 tons is sent to tank storage. During heavy rains, the groundwater inflow increases significantly, adding to the volume.