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September 27, 2017

Mt. Agung Update: Why is it so hard to predict a volcanic eruption?

Update 11:00 AM EDT  Indonesia’s Mt. Agung may be on the cusp of its first eruption since 1963, an eruption that killed more than 1000 people. Since late August, seismic signals have increased in frequency, and last Friday, officials raised the alert status to the highest level. Local officials have evacuated around 75,000 people from the area and warned residents to keep an 8-12 kilometer distance from the volcano.    However, it’s still unclear whether—or when—the volcano may erupt, …