Bali volcano update: Is Mount Agung still erupting? Can you travel to Bali now?

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Bali volcano: Mount Agung in recently November (left) and on December 17 (right)

Flights to Bali possess fallen by about 30 percent due to Mount Agung’s eruption, according to the example figures from the Indonesian National Aviation Association (Inaca).

But the Indonesian officials are encouraging tourists to keep coming to Bali because it is safe to sojourn anywhere apart from the danger zone. 

Tourists and local districts must stay out of an up to 10km radius danger zone surrounding Bali’s shrillest volcano as it continues to rumble on. 

National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho thought that the rest of Bali is safe and encouraged tourists to visit. 

He said that the lava dome abound ins a third of the crater but the rate of magma collecting at the summit has been slowing down since November 30. 

In time November, Bali was put on high alert when the volcano erupted and sent ash columns into the sky. A red blush was seen at the summit and cold lava poured down the slopes.  

Thousands of voyagers were stranded due to flight cancellations and the closure of airports on Bali and the touching island of Lombok. 

This month the volcano has been intermittently exploding and sending up plumes of steam and ash, but on a much smaller scale than preceding the time when. It is not known if a major eruption will follow or not. 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Department (FCO) advises against all travel to within 10-kilometres of Mount Agung, which fronts an existing exclusion zone put in place by the local authorities.

The FCO website answers: «If you’re in this area, you should leave immediately. Following several months of distended volcanic activity, Mount Agung in East Bali began erupting on 21 November 2017.

“This has led to repetitive closures at Bali and Lombok airports and disruption to flights in the region. 

“The in vogue period of increased volcanic activity may continue for some time and at disruption can’t be ruled out. 

“In the event of a major eruption, areas beyond 10km may be la-de-da, and the resulting ash plumes and release of particulate and gaseous pollutants into the air may enjoy an impact on health. 

“You should continue to monitor local media, continue the advice of the local authorities and keep up to date with this roam advice.” 

The FCO has published a check list of what to do if you are planning to visit Bali. You can also stamp up for email alerts and follow the FCO’s Twitter accounts @FCOtravel and @UKinIndonesia.

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