Bali ash cloud from Rinjani volcano

Mount Rinjani is an active volcano on Lombok Island (east of Bali). Rinjani is 3,726 metres tall making it the second highest volcano in Indonesia after Mount Kerinci (3,805m).

The volcano eruption is actually on Mount Barujari which is a “child” volcano of Mount Rinjani. Barujari is a post-caldera cone that is in the Rinjani lake.

Mount Barujari Cone

Mount Barujari Cone in middle of lake

Mount Barujari started erupting on Sunday, 25 October 2015, at 10:04am. Below are a series of satellite pictures taken almost daily. On some pictures you can clearly see the ash cloud blowing from east to west direction Bali.

Have a look here at the July 2015 ash cloud satellite images caused by the Raung Volcano.


Bali airport flight disruptions

The volcano ash cloud has been drifting towards Bali causing the Bali airport to close for some time. The longest the Bali airport was closed so far was for 43 hours. This was from 3 November (19:30h) to 5 November (14:30h).

Nearly 700 flights where cancelled during these 43 hours and thousands of passengers were left stranded either in Bali or on the way to Bali.


Bali airport flight status

These were the closing times due to the Bali ash cloud from the Rinjani volcano on Lombok Island.

  • 10 November; no issues
  • 8 to 9 November; Bali airport closed from 21:45h (8 Nov) to 06:40h (9 Nov).
  • 6 & 7 November; no issues.
  • 3 to 5 November; Bali airport closed from 19:30h (3 Nov) to 14:30h (5 Nov).

Source; Federal Aviation Administration


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Bali ash cloud satellite images

Lombok Volcano eruption

13 November 2015

Lombok ash cloud

12 November 2015

Lombok ash cloud

11 November 2015

Volcano Rinjani ash cloud

10 November 2015

Satellite image 9 November 2015 not available

Rinjani volcano ash cloud

8 November 2015 | airport closed from 21:45h to 06:40h (+1d)

Rinjani volcano

7 November 2015

6 November 2015

6 November 2015

5 November 2015

5 November 2015 | airport closed from 00:00h to 14:30h

Rinjani ash cloud

4 November 2015 | airport closed from 00:00h to 23:59h

Bali ash cloud 3 November 2015

3 November 2015 | airport closed from 19:30h to 23:59h

Satellite image 2 November 2015 not available.

Bali ash cloud 1 November 2015

1 November 2015

28-31 October : no visible ash clouds

Bali ash cloud 27 October 2015

27 October 2015

Bali ash cloud 26 October 2015

26 October 2015

Bali ash cloud 25 October 2015

25 October 2015

Indonesia has 147 active volcanoes. The last eruption of the Rinjani Volcano was in 2010.

active volcanoes in Indonesia

147 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

Cover picture by Neils Photography.
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