About the Mount Agung volcano Bali
The Mount Agung volcano is the highest and holiest peak of Bali standing at 3031 meters above sea level. The stratovolcano is still active and has a rich history revolving around Balinese myths and legends. It ia part of the Balinese religion and culture, making it the islands most sacred mountain.
After being asleep for more than 100 years, the Mount Agung Volcano came back to life on February 18th in 1963 and had one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century. This natural disaster had heartbreaking consequences with the many villages that were destroyed and more than 1000 people that lost their lives.
The last eruption of Mount Agung was in 2017 and 2018 when large ash clouds rose to elevations of about 4000 meters! Fears of hot lava blocks, pumice, ash and volcanic gas flows made the Indonesian government decide to evacuate about 100,000 people living within a 10 kilometer radius of the volcano.
Luckily the Mount Agung is mostly quiet ever since, but its activity is closely monitored to protect the people that live nearby.