Daily Life Resumes Near Mount Agung, Despite Continued Volcanic Activity

Bali’s Mount Agung erupted again on February 13, 2018, just days after Indonesian authorities lowered the alert status from Hazardous (Level IV) to Standby (Level III). The eruption lasted just over two minutes and spewed ash and smoke 1.5 kilometers into the air. Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) reported that there was no damage, community activities are running normally and flights to Bali continue to operate despite the eruption. The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) continues to monitor and support our community partners in the affected villages of Tulamben, Amed and Jemeluk. Mount Agung began exhibiting pre-eruption seismic activity in September, 2017, and authorities evacuated communities within a 12-kilometer radius of the volcano. When two eruptions occurred in late November nearly 140,000 people had been evacuated, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian … [Read more...]

Small Community, Big Cleanup

The small village of Tulamben is known as one of the best dive spots in Bali. The USS Liberty, a local shipwreck, can see upwards of 100 people per day during the high tourist season. Though this brings in much needed economic support for the local community, tourism creates stress on the local marine ecosystems. As it is in many other places in Bali, waste management is a challenge in Tulamben, especially during the rainy season. Located at the base of Mount Agung in the North East of Bali, Tulamben is one of the driest places on the island. Rain here is a luxury, and when it comes, it washes the volcanic sediment and inorganic trash that has accumulated in the dry riverbeds into the ocean, burying the nearshore coral reefs. Recently, the Tulamben Dive Guide Organization arranged a community cleanup to remove inorganic trash from the river mouth at the Drop Off. The cleanup was officially opened by the head of Tulamben Village, … [Read more...]