People in Bali have been living in fear of the eruption of Mount Agung for the last few weeks. Since the government has upped the status of Mount Agung to ‘Alert’ regarding the eruption that was expected imminently and thousands of people were evacuated, but the volcano has still not erupted. Although infrequent, eruptions of Mt Agung have been among the largest of the past 100 years of global volcanic activity. More than 1,000 people died during the last eruption in 1963.
Despite all the media coverages around the world about Mount Agung and how scary is it at the moment, the reality is everything is still running like the usual in other parts of Bali – other than Karangasem Regency, where Mount Agung is located. Now to get your mind off the terror of the eruption, we have compile seven fun facts about the mighty volcano.
1. Highest Mountain in Bali
Mount Agung is 3,031-meter-high above sea level, making it the tallest mountain in Bali. People consider the trek up to Mount Agung as one of the hardest treks in the world.
2. Three or seven hours hiking
It takes physically fit hikers about 3 to 4 hours from Pasar Agung Temple starting point and 5 to 7 hours from Besakih Temple starting point to hike through the Mount Agung
3. Sister mountain
Bali has two active volcanoes, Mount Agung and Mount Batur. So actually, people in Bali is constantly living in danger of an eruption, but they believe in the harmony of the earth through ceremonies and offering.
4. Mount Batur still active
North West of Mount Agung is Mount Batur. An active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The south east side of the larger 10×13 km caldera contains a caldera lake.
5. Sacred Mountain
Mount Agung is the highest peak on the island and holds a special place in the hearts of Balinese. The mighty volcano is regarded as sacred and is often the site of religious ceremonies.
6. Ritual by the Hindus
The Balinese Hindus have been conducting few ceremonies at Mount Agung, trying to prevent a deadly eruption from the volcano, while Muslims across the island have been getting together and praying that the island is spared from a great natural disaster.
7. Secret of mother nature
Despite all the signs and calculation, no one can really know when exactly Mount Agung will erupt. It is a secret of the mother nature.