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LATEST NEWS, LIVE STREAMS AND UPDATES on the current eruption of Gunung (Mount) Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia.

Latest updates: Eruption of Mount (Gunung) Agung volcano, Bali

In November 2017, Gunung Agung experienced large phreatic eruptions that sent gas and volcanic ash-clouds up to 6 kms above sea level.

By the end of November '17, the eruption had turned magmatic – meaning that lava is now forming in the crater. The volcano's latest eruption is on-going.

Mount Agung News on this page

  • Live CCTV video streams of Mount Agung;
  • Recent footage and time-lapse photography of Mount Agung erupting;
  • Current flight travel information for Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport;
  • Real-time maps of volcanic ashfall and ash clouds around Bali;
  • Current wind direction and 5-day weather forecast for Bali;
  • VONA (Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation) status for Gunung Agung;
  • Real-time map of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in Indonesia;
  • Danger zones and exclusion zones around Mount Agung;
  • Pathé News clip of Mount Agung's eruption in 1963.

Live-streaming CCTV webcam feeds of Gunung (Mount) Agung volcano as it erupts in Bali, Indonesia

Live CCTV videos and radio-monitoring of Mount Agung, Bali

Live-streaming CCTV video feed and radio-monitoring of the eruption of Mount (Gunung) Agung volcano courtesy of VolcanoYT. Click on Play to watch the live-stream webcams.

Live-stream webcam of Gunung Agung from Rendang village in Bali, Indonesia

Live-streaming CCTV Telkomsel video feed of the eruption of Mt. (Gunung) Agung volcano from Rendang village in Karangasem Regency, East Bali. Click on Play to see the live-stream webcam feed.

Live-streaming webcam of Mount (Mt.) Agung from Bukit Asah, Bali, Indonesia

Live CCTV-video webcam monitoring of Gunung (Mount) Agung erupting from Bukit Asah in Karangasem Regency, East Bali. Click on Play to watch the volcano eruption in real time.

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Live-streaming video of Gunung Agung eruption from Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia

Live-streaming webcam feed of the eruption of Mt. (Gunung) Agung volcano from Tulamben in East Bali. Click on Play to watch Gunung Agung erupting in real-time.

Stunning footage from Gunung Agung's crater lip as it erupts on 13 December, 2017

Hair-raising footage from the lip of Gunung Agung's crater as the volcano erupts violently on the 13th of December, 2017, by Ikomang Giri.

Timelapse from Telkomsel's live-stream CCTV of Bali's Mount Agung volcano erupting on 10 December, 2017

Timelapse of Gunung Agung erupting on the 10th of December, 2017 via the Telkomsel CCTV live stream, compiled by Nick Burgoyne.

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Travel advice, flight cancellations and travel warnings for Bali, Indonesia

Air travel: Current flight information for Denpasar's Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali

Check to check the current air traffic in and out of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar.

The website also lists departures and arrivals, and indicates delays and cancellations of planes.

Check to check the current air traffic in and out of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar

Real-time website and downloadable app showing up-to-date arrivals, departures and cancellations at Bali's Ngurah Rai international airport.

Air travel: Volcanic ashfall and ash clouds around Bali

From November 26-November 29, 2017, Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport was closed to all flights on or off the island due to volcanic ashfall. As of Dec 1, 2017, the airport is now open.

See SkyVector for the latest up-to-date information for volcanic ash clouds affecting air travel in the Bali region.

Ash clouds affecting air travel to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport and Lombok International Airport, Indonesia

Ash clouds affecting air travel to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport and Lombok International Airport, Indonesia, on Nov 27, 2017. From Nov 26 to Nov 29, 2017, both airports were closed to all air traffic due to volcanic dust hazards. (Skyvector).

Current wind direction and 5-day weather forecast for Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

VONA (Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation) status for Mt. Agung, Bali

VONA stands for the Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation. It issues reports for changes in volcanic activities, a description of the nature of unrest or eruption, potential or current hazards, and likely outcomes.

VONA also issues reliable, up-to-date reports on the status of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.

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Recent news – Mount Agung

November 26, 2017 – Cold lahars – volcanic mud flows – on the slopes of Mount Agung

A lahar, or volcanic mudflow, in the Telaga Waja river southwest of Gunung Agung.

What is a lahar?

A lahar is a type of volcanic mudflow composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris, and water. The material flows down from a volcano, typically along a river valley, and can have the consistency of water or wet concrete.

Lahars pick up material such as boulders or tree-trunks as they move, which can cause serious damage to structures in their path. Lahar mudflows can be deadly. During the violent eruptions of 1963-64, cold lahars streaming from Mount Agung killed upwards of 200 people.

Lahar is an Indonesian word, and is used in English specifically to describe volcanic mudflows. In Indonesian, lahar can mean a cold mudflow or molten lava – which can lead to misunderstandings and misreporting in the English language press. The more accurate Indonesian term for a cold mudflow is lahar dingin – literally 'cold lava' – which is in itself misleading.

November 25, 2017 – Phreatic eruption of Mount (Gunung) Agung from Amed, East Bali

Time-lapse of phreatic (steam, ash and sulfur dioxide) eruption from Mt. Agung in Bali, Indonesia, on November 25, 2017 as seen from the coastal tourist resort town of Amed. Courtesy Alex Hope at YouTube.

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Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in Indonesia today

A live, interactive guide to Indonesia's erupting volcanoes and earthquakes.


Yellow = Unrest.
Some signs of unrest, but no eruption in near future (days to weeks) likely.

Orange = Minor activity / eruption warning.
Infrequent small eruptions or strong signs that suggest a volcanic eruption could be imminent (days to weeks).

Red = Eruption.
Includes volcanoes with near-permanent activity (e.g. Stromboli).

Dark red = Major Eruption.
Large explosive or otherwise very significant eruptions.

Red circles represent earthquakes.

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How far is Mount (Gunung) Agung volcano from Ubud?

Distance in kilometers from Ubud to Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia

Infographic of the distance in kilometers between Ubud and Bali's Mt. Agung volcano. Ubud is approximately 32 kms away, and far outside the 12 km exclusion zone around the volcano.

The danger zone around Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia

Danger zone around Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia

Infographic of the danger zone around Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, during a Level 4 warning.

The red zone shows where "bombs" of molten rock are expected to land during a large eruption of Bali's Mount Agung – the orange zone shows where molten rock might reach. Ash and smaller debris could reach a distance of 12 kms or more. Depending on the size of eruption, molten lava and lahars may reach the coast at Amlapura and Semarapura.

© 2017 Reuters.

The exclusion zone around Bali's Mount Agung volcano

The exclusion zone around Bali's Mount Agung volcano, Indonesia

Infographic of the exclusion zone around Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, during a Level 4 alert.

A 12-kilometer exclusion zone has been set up by authorities around Mount Agung's crater. Thousands of people have been evacuated into temporary shelters stocked with food, water, blankets and tents in nearby villages.

© 2017 Reuters.

Areas around Mount Agung's crater that could be affected by lava and Pyroclastic flows

Areas around Mount Agung's crater that could be affected by lava and Pyroclastic flows

Infographic showing areas around Mount Agung's crater that could be affected by lava and Pyroclastic flows in the event of a large volcanic eruption.

© 2017 Reuters.

Satellite image showing locations of Mount Agung, Mount Batur, the Bratan Caldera and Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

Satellite image of Bali showing location of Mount Agung and Ubud

Infographic showing satellite image of the location of Mount Agung, Mount Batur, the Bratan Caldera and Ubud on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia.

© 2017 Reuters.

Bali's major tourist areas in relation to Mount Agung volcano, Indonesia

Bali's major tourist areas in relation to Mount Agung

Infographic showing Bali's major tourist areas in relation to Mount Agung.

© 2017 Reuters.

Older News – Gunung Agung, Bali

Strong 5,0 tectonic earthquake rocks North Bali on slopes of Mount Agung – November 9, 2017

Seismograph of 5,0 earthquake

Seismograph showing the large earthquakes that rocked North Bali on November 9, 2017. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of only 10 kms below ground.

Location of earthquake 5,0 at Kubu near Mount Agung, Bali, 2017

Location of large earthquake rated at 5,0 on the Richter Scale around Kubu village near Mount Agung, North Bali, 2017. The earthquake was felt strongly in Ubud, 35 kms away.

Animal sacrifice of young water buffalo in Mount Agung's crater – November 2, 2017

The sacrifice of a young, live water buffalo thrown into the smoking crater of Mount Agung, Bali, by Balinese-Hindu faithful. The animal sacrifice was to appease the spirit of the volcano, and was carried out on the eve of Galungan Day – Nov 2, 2017.

Balinese-Hindu priest Mangku Mokoh climbs to Mount Agung crater's edge – 29 September, 2017

The viral video clip of Balinese-Hindu priest Mangku Mokoh as he climbs to the edge of Mount Agung's crater to make pacifying offerings to the Gods on September 29, 2017.

© 2017 Mangku Mokoh.

Gunung Agung's Crater: The Smoking Gun

The smoking crater of Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia

The smoking crater of Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, on September 29 2017.

© 2017 Mangku Mokoh on Facebook.

Pathé News clip of Mount Agung's eruption in 1963

Short film clip of the destruction caused by Mount Agung's last disasterous volcanic eruption in 1963 from Pathé News.

© 2020 John Storey.

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Elderly Bali Aga gentleman from Trunyan village, Bali, Indonesia.

Elderly Bali Aga gentleman from Trunyan village in Bali, Indonesia.
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