A volcano erupted on Mount Agung which stands at 3,031 meters (9944 feet) tall on the Indonesian island of Bali Saturday, sending ash into the sky over surrounding villages with lava and incandescent rocks spreading down its sides over about two miles.
According to the multiple reports,the national disaster agency said Mount Agung’s eruption lasted four minutes and 30 seconds.
The national disaster agency said that there was no need for evacuation but nine villages experienced thick ash fall. Some flights were cancelled following the eruption.
Agung became active again in 2017 after more than a half century of slumber following a major eruption in 1963 which caused the deaths of more than 1700 people and destroyed a series of villages.
Volcanic activity is common to Indonesia, as the country is situated on the Pacific Ocean’s ‘Ring of Fire’ where tectonic plates collide and move often, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.
Seventy-five percent of volcanoes are located along the Ring of Fire and 90 percent of Earth’s earthquakes occur along the plates.
Bali is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands.It is known for its forested volcanic mountains.