Bali Volcano Warning Increased to Highest Level


Nearly 50,000 people have fled the Mount Agung volcano from their homes as dozens of tremors signal the likely eruption of Mount Agung.

The status of Mount Agung has been elevated to the highest level, Level IV (Watchout). The evacuation radius has been increased to 9km from the peak.  Government and local crisis teams continue to evacuate people to safe zones in anticipation of a potential eruption.

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Mount Agung is located in East Bali. This stratovolcano is the highest point on the island and dominates the surrounding area, even influencing the climate. The “Mother Temple” of Bali, Besakih Temple, is located nearly 1000 meters up slopes of Mount Agung.  Bali’s airport (DPS) is located in  southern Bali, about 80km from the slope of Mount Agung, and Candidasa – the tourist resort area in East Bali – is about 25km south of the Volcano.

It last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people.

Bali Volcano Status Unchanged

The status of Mount Agung remains unchanged at Level IV Watchout, the highest level.  Smoke, fissures, and increased seismic activity continue to be observed, indicating that an eruption remains possible, although no one can predict when the volcano would erupt.

In case an eruption closes the Bali airport (DPS), the Indonesian government has prepared 10 airports as alternatives for aircraft flying to Bali. These airports are: Jakarta, Surabaya, Solo, Banyuwangi, Praya Lombok, Kupang, Makassar, Manado, Ambon, and Balikpapan.

Local authorities recommend that communities around Mount Agung as well as climbers, visitors, and tourists do not move, climb, or camp inside the crater area of Mount Agung or in any area within 9km, or as far as 12km Northwest, North, Southeast and South-Southwest.

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September 25, 2017 |

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