Mount Agung Volcano

 

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Since the 22nd of September, Mount Agung’s warning level has been raised to level IV, the highest level of danger for a volcano.

Those who have booked or are planning to book a vacation on the island of gods for the coming weeks will need to get a reliable evaluation of the risk of travelling Bali.

It is difficult for anyone abroad to make an accurate assessment of current volcano situation specially when information was made unclear by sensational headlines hunting, hoaxes and other inaccurate newspaper reports.

We have therefore chosen to gather for you trustful information from government, scientists, volcanologists and other experts.

Where is mount Agung and which area will be affected in case of an eruption?

Mount Agung is an active volcano located in the regency of Karangasem at about 50 kilometers north east from Ngurah Rai International Airport and main tourist area (Seminyak, Kuta, Legian, Canggu and Sanur) and about 35 kilometers north east from Ubud.

To ensure the security of people who live in the proximity of Mount Agung, the highly experienced and competent Indonesia volcano authorities have evacuated the area, establishing a 12 kilometer exclusion radius. Below maps detail the areas that would likely to be affected in case of an eruption. Most of the popular touristic destination such as Seminyak, Canggu, Kuta, Sanur and Ubud are all at safe distance from the volcano.

Why volcano warning level was raised?

Indonesian Department of Energy, Mines and Resources and the the PVMBG Geological Agency have found an important increase of the seismic activity of the volcano which indicate that and eruption might happen. More important than the currently occurring volcano-tectonic earthquakes is the presence of what is known as Harmonic tremor. Harmonic tremor is an acoustic pattern that is found to occur in volcanic systems when magma is moving through a closed chamber, or when magma is degassing. Indonesian volcanologists have noticed an increase in the harmonic tremor at Agung, which is what prompted them to raise the alert level to red.

What does local authorities say? Important points to remember

Ngurah Rai International Airport remained open and its traffic unperturbed. Fast boats and ferries to nearby islands kept operating too. Touristic life in South Island and Ubud area have not been affected.

Bali Tourism Board has issued an official statement confirming that intense monitoring of the volcano continues and that main tourist destinations were safe to travel.

The main tourist sites are far away from restricted area would not be affected by the eruption. Except from area within 12 kilometers from volcano, the main tourist destination would remain un-affected.

Winds in this time of the year are blowing South South-East and would push eruption ashes to north shores, away from International airport and main tourist destinations.

What about displaced people and how can we help?

More than a hundred thousand people have been evacuated from the 12 kilometers exclusion radius. These people are now living in 419 shelters scattered around the island. An amazing community effort is ongoing throughout the island to collect and distribute critical supplies to Mount Agung evacuees. We can see collect organized around almost everywhere in Bali, while NGO’s such as Kopernik, Bumi Sehat, Social Impakt and the Bali Children’s Project to name a few are taking an active part in the support of refugees needs.

Blue Karma has bought for ten million rupiah of the Nazava water filters for Social Impakt to share through the camps, while fundraising is arranged in each of our property. Our team’s members are also proud to join this common effort: each of us has donated for the fundraising and visits to camps are planned this month to share what has been collected.

What does affected families need: N-95 Face Masks | Shovels & Work Gloves | Foods (Ready to eat and healthy) | Burn Ointments | Inhalers | Clean Bedding | Eye Drops | Coffee, Tea, Sugar | Towels | First Aid Supplies | Buckets | Tarps | Solar Lights | Water Filters

Live views of the volcano