Bali volcano: WATCH killer Mount Agung erupt amid fears of explosion | Science | News

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Agung is preparing to erupt

More than 75,000 people have been forced to flee the danger zone, as the huge volcano looks like it could blow at any moment.

The Balinese volcano last erupted was in 1963 killing more than 1,000 people. 

On February 18, 1963, residents began hearing loud explosions from Mt Agung which were shortly followed by a stream of smoke coming from the crater.

A week later, on February 24, lava began flowing from the volcano – travelling seven kilometres over 20 days.

The following month, on March 17, the volcano blasted lava and debris up to 10 kilometres which devastated nearby villages and killed 1500 people.

A further 400 people would die in the following months due to volcanic mudlow known as cold lahars and another eruption.

Archived footage from British documentarians British Pathé has been unearthed and shows the sheer power of the 1963 eruption.

Massive plumes of smoke can be seen bellowing from the volcano in the black and white footage as ash is ploughed into the atmosphere, as seen in the black and white footage.

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Agung last erupted in 1963

The video said many of the people who were killed by the volcano “were burned to death, because they were kneeling to their Gods, instead of deciding to flee”.

It comes as experts warn there has been heightened seismic activity around the volcano and smoke has been seen rising from it in recent days.

According to EMSC, an independent scientific organisation that provides real-time earthquake warnings, there was a magnitude 4.2 earthquake earlier today.

Recent data shows that Mount Agung experienced 844 volcanic earthquakes on Monday, and between 300 and 400 earthquakes by midday on Tuesday.

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