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Bali's Mt Agung volcano erupting but alert level remains unchanged

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 Cinnamon    27,557

'This is playing out like they said it could'

US-based volcanologist Dr Janine Krippner has been following Mt Agung's rumblings since September.

"This is what they said might have happened," she said.

"They said if something did happen it was likely to be small — it might be larger afterwards but it would start out small. This is playing out like they said it could.

"A phreatic eruption is basically one where there is no magma involved. We've all seen the steaming, the steam plume at the top of the volcano.

"And what can happen with volcanos is some of the steam can get trapped, and it can be pressurised, and it can cause an explosion."



No lava, but apparently the volcano has water in it due to heavy rains and that's the steaming. Do they really know when a big eruption is going to happen? I'd leave there now. 

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