The terrible beauty of nature.
In November of 2017, Bali's Mount Agung volcano erupted 5 times over the course of 9 days. These eruptions ultimately displaced more than 100,000 people, and the atmospheric ash exposure is thought to have affected up to 5.6 million people in the surrounding area.
The first eruption was on November 21st. The first eruption was a phreatic eruption which is what happens when magma heats up ground water or surface water until it becomes steam. The result was a cloud of ash, steam, water, rocks, and volcanic bombs (chunks of molten rock) expelled as a plume. The following four eruptions occurred on November 25th, 26th, 27th, and 29th. These eruptions were magnetic eruptions, creating a "lahar" which is a slurry composed of pyroclastic (volcanic) material, rocky debris, and water. It is lahar that is usually responsible for much of the injuries and deaths in, and damage to, the areas surrounding in an eruption. The largest plume of the November 2017 eruptions was observed on November 25th, wherein the plume rose an estimated 12,605 ft (2.38 mi; 3,842 m) from the summit crater.
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