Any upcoming travel plans to Bali may come to a halt due to a potential volcano eruption. Officials have warned that their large volcano is in a “critical” phase. This beautiful tourist island has been placed under a level 4 alert. Level 4 is the highest volcano warning level on the Indonesian scale. Bali’s volcano “Mount Agung” is on the verge of eruption.
According to Wikitravel, Mount Agung is the highest mountain on the island of Bali, towering 3,033 metres above sea level. This mountain is also ranked the fifth highest volcano in the whole of Indonesia, meaning an eruption could be detrimental to any village 7.5 miles within its perimeter.
Many signs have shown that the volcano will erupt for the first time in 50 years. Since early September, a spike in volcanic activity has been reported coming from Mount Agung. Over 300 tremors have been reported, over the course of 6 hours, within the region. A live observation video on Youtube displayed the volcano emitting a small plume most likely of water vapour.
When will Mount Agung Erupt?
The short answer is; at any moment. A “tremendous increase” in seismic activity, reported last Friday, has created panic among Bali residents. Bali governor; Made Mangku Pastika has made the impression that the volcano may not erupt soon, as he only declared a state of emergency until October 16th. Experts say it is impossible to say exactly when it will blow.
Devy Kamil, a senior seismologist told the BBC that there are some volcanos that “have swarms of activity for as long as six years…and it is not always ended by an eruption.”
In precaution to an eruption, an exclusion zone has stretches 12 kilometres from the centre of Mount Agung. More than 144,000 Bali residents have been moved outside the exclusion zone.
Keep up to date with your airline or travel agent. The island is currently still welcoming tourists, but authorities are on standby. Contingency plans have been made, and authorities are ready to divert flights if need be. The Foreign Office has issued a warning that evacuations and disruption to flights are possible.
The warning said: “In the event of an eruption and volcanic ash clouds, which could cause flight disruptions, you should confirm your travel arrangements directly with your airline or travel agent before travelling to the airport.”
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