Latest Travel Advice For Bali As Mount Agung Erupts

Pauline Gross
November 22, 2017

Flights could be affected if any volcanic ash invades Bali airspace, but local authorities are urging calm and vigilance. "Do not panic. Stay away from areas within a 6km to 7.5km radius of the volcano", he said on his Twitter account.

"Smoke is observed with medium pressure with a thick grey colour and with a maximum height of about 700m above the peak", local authorities said.

"The eruption is still ongoing".

Almost 1,600 people died when Agung last erupted in 1963, but officials said Tuesday that the rumblings did not pose an immediate threat to those living in its shadow.

But the alert level has not been addressed to the extent that "it is not a rash", said the Centre for volcanology and management of geological hazards.

Bali's worldwide airport remains open despite the eruption.

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He said the centre is monitoring the situation to determine whether it needs to raise the volcano's alert level, which remains at 3 on a scale of 1 to 4, and to limit people's activities around it. "Keep an eye on official reports", tweeted New Zealand volcanologist Janine Krippner.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, an Indonesian government press release said a potential danger was heavy ash rain that could spread outside of the danger zone.

Since July, Mount Agung has been discharging small amounts of volcanic gases after being inactive since 1964.

Meanwhile, operations at Bali's global airport are continuing, said the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mount Agung, located in Karang Asem district, about 70 km from the tourist hub Kuta, erupted at 17:05 p.m.

Other reports by GizPress

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