Mt Agung erupting
Mt Agung erupting

The 'conquest' of Bali's Mt Agung volcano

In 1974 we spent five weeks in Bali. We heard that a volcano in the north had started erupting. So we decided to take a look.

Arriving in Kintomani we spent the night there and left early in the morning chased by locals wanting to take us up the volcano. Basically we climbed to the top having waded our way through thick dust. We were a little perturbed as about every 20 minutes the ground shook.

Reaching the top we discovered a German photographer with his camera on a tripod. He told us that the volcano erupted every 20 minutes and that he had raced the 100 metres to the edge of the crater.

A few years back lava spilled out of the volcano and killed scores of people.

Then for us it was throwing out dust and rocks. The photographer wanted to take a photo of us between eruptions. With some trepidation we waited until the volcano started to "calm down", raced to the edge of the crater, sat for our photographer until he gave the signal to return. We ran as fast as we could with rocks falling just a little bit behind us.

So we "conquered" Mt Agung. It erupts ever 10 years or so, so we were lucky. Mt Agung is on the 'ring of fire which surrounds the pacific.

At present another such volcano Krakatoa is erupting. Did you know that a long time ago Krakatoa "blew up" to record the second loudest noise ever. Check out which is thought to be the loudest.



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