Indonesian Officials have raised the alert level of Mount Agung volcano in northeast Bali from Level II (alert) to Level III (standby) on Monday 18th September 2017 at 21:30 pm. The increased alert level follows the recent raise from Level I (normal) to Level II (alert) on Thursday 14th September 2017.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency in Indonesia has implemented an exclusion zone around the volcano for all areas within a 6 kilometer radius from the top crater of Mount Agung; or at an elevation exceeding 950 meters above sea level. No-go zones at the northern, southeastern and south-southwestern flanks of the mountain have been extended to 7.5 kilometers. Within these exclusion zones all community activities as well as tourist visits are restricted.
The Agency notifies that there has been a continuing increase in seismic activities as well as visual observations of low pressure smoke emissions up to 50 meters high.
The Indonesian archipelago straddles the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Mount Agung is a stratovolcano that last erupted in 1963-1964. It has been active ever since with a large and deep crater which occasionally belches smoke.
Destination Asia (Indonesia) is in close contact with the local authorities as well as with guests on spot and fully adheres to the restrictions advised by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
We are contacting guests accommodated in a wider area around the possible affected places close to the volcano and arrange alternative accommodation in other parts of Bali, as well have we stopped any tour programs to the East part of Bali and will offer guests alternative touring.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide further updates if the situation changes.