Australia issues travel warning for Bali as volcano eruption looms

Peter Terlato 23 September 2017

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Locals evacuated, hiking and camping suspended.

The Australian government's travel advice for Indonesia has been updated to include a warning for visitors to Bali, as one of two of the island's active volcano's registered a swell in seismic activity.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's smartraveller website said Mount Agung, located in the Karangasem Regency of north eastern Bali, has shown recent increased volcanic activity.

Agung is around 50 km from the popular tourist area of Ubud in central Bali and approximately 70 km from Kuta, Bali's leading beach resort area in the south of the island.

The government agency said local Indonesian authorities have temporarily suspended all outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping, in proximity to the crater and advised travellers to monitor local media reports.

The volcano recorded 676 tremors on Thursday and 178 tremors in just one six-hour period on Friday morning.

Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Geological Agency raised the volcanic status of Agung from "Standby" (level 3) to "Beware" (level 4) on Friday evening and extended the hazard area surrounding the mountain to a radius of 12 km.

Bali's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said evacuation points have been established and equipment and support are en route. Coordination meetings between ministries, institutions and other elements will be imminent. BNPB and Bali Provincial Disaster Management (BPBD) are preparing to install signs and signals outlining the safe distance radius from the volcano.

The BNPD said almost 10,000 locals had already been evacuated from their homes in surrounding areas and were staying, either with relatives, or in temporary shelters, sports recreation centres and village halls.

The last time Mount Agung erupted was 54 years ago in 1963, killing more than 1,000 people and sending plumes of ash almost 10 km high into the air.

If Agung was to erupt, air travel in the region would likely be heavily impacted.

However, currently no airports or airlines have altered their flight schedules to or from the island.

Authorities advise all travellers to Bali to contact their airline or tour operator to confirm travel plans.

The overall level of advice for Indonesia has not changed. Australians are urged to exercise a high degree of caution across the country, including Bali. Higher levels apply in some parts of Indonesia.

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