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Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 3:33 PM
— More than 130,000 people have been evacuated from an area on the Indonesian island of Bali as an eruption of a volcano there seems imminent.
Scientists say tremors and smoke from the volcano -- Gunung Agung, or Mount Agung -- are signs that it could erupt at any time.
Several countries have issued travel warnings, and airlines have told passengers they will be monitoring the volcano’s activity and will alter flight paths if necessary.
Volcanic activity in Indonesian is common, and Agung is no exception.
Here’s what is known about Mt. Agung now.
What is Mt. Agung?
Mt. Agung, at 9,944 feet, is the largest mountain on the island of Bali. It is one of many volcanoes in the Ring of Fire, an area in the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.
What is happening with Mt. Agung?
Scientists say that in the past few days large tremors have been felt in the area. In addition, smoke has been seen coming from the volcano’s crater. “I would definitely be following the advice to stay outside the exclusion zone,” Heather Handley, an assistant Earth sciences professor at Sydney’s Macquarie University told The Associated Press. The increase in tremors suggests an eruption is “imminent,” she said.
Balinese Hindus offer prayers to calm Mount Agung, a volcano that is threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years pic.twitter.com/rEbLW9v8ba— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 28, 2017
Has Mt. Agung erupted before?
Agung last erupted in 1963, after remaining dormant for more than 100 years. The 1963 eruption killed more than 1,100 people.
When will Mt. Agung erupt?
It may not, according to Dr. Janine Krippner, a New Zealand volcanologist based in Pittsburgh. "You can't tell when a volcano will erupt. You can't tell how big it will be and you can't tell how long it will last,” Krippner told the BBC.
Why do volcanoes erupt?
Volcanoes erupt because of pressure from magma, or molten rock, found beneath the surface of the Earth.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 5:03 PM
— A vessel in the Gateway Clipper fleet hosted an unexpected furry passenger on Sunday.
Pittsburgh animal control officers safely captured the wild cat and plan to release it in a wildlife center in Verona.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 9:17 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Authorities are looking for a man who stole a Jeep on Thursday from a dealership during a test drive, police said.
The suspect walked into Philly Auto dealership around 7 p.m. and expressed interest in a red Jeep Cherokee on the lot, according to WPVI.
The man and a salesman went on a test drive. During the drive, the man started driving erratically and the salesman asked him to pull over, according to WPVI. The salesman started to switch seats with the man when the thief pulled out a gun and drove off, leaving the salesman on the side of the road.
Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:18 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 11:23 AM
MIAMI — A recently installed pedestrian bridge connecting Florida International University with the City of Sweetwater collapsed Thursday, killing six people, the Miami-Dade Police Department said Friday morning.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 4:44 AM
Continuing to attack the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and any links to his campaign, President Donald Trump on Sunday went on Twitter to attack the veracity of former top officials of the FBI, accusing them of lying, and making up information to use against him in the Special Counsel’s investigation.
As he attacked former FBI Director James Comey, and recently fired top FBI official Andrew McCabe, Mr. Trump appeared to be watching television on Sunday morning, citing one of his favorite Fox News programs, Fox and Friends.
“Wow, watch Comey lie under oath,” the President tweeted at one point, moving on to take more jabs at McCabe, who was fired on Friday.
“I don’t believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at later date,” the President wrote. “Can we call them the fake memos?”
On Twitter in recent days, Mr. Trump has again focused his ire on the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, once more making the argument that the FBI went easy on Hillary Clinton’s email investigation, and showed bias on the Trump-Russia probe.
“The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime,” the President tweeted, ending with a familiar line: “WITCH HUNT!”
Mueller’s probe has already netted a series of guilty pleas from people who worked for the President’s campaign, with two specifically pleading guilty to lying about contacts involving Russia.
As the President used Twitter as his bully pulpit, one of the President’s lawyers also stirred the pot by saying it was time to end the Mueller investigation, which many in Washington believe is far from being complete.
Democrats in Congress again warned the President not to try to end that probe.
“What, Mr. President, are you hiding from the American people?” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).
“Thou doth protest too much, methinks,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).
“This shows how scared the Trump Administration is about what Mueller will find,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). “This investigation must continue.”