A daily status update
Why it is safe to visit Bali
As international newspapers continue hunting sensational headlines by publishing inaccurate reports on volcano status in Bali, we will keep posting here accurate information and regular reports about how volcano eruption affects the daily life and the tourism activities in Bali.
VONA, the Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation as lowered its alert level from red to orange. As a result of this, Airport started to operated again since 3.00 pm 29th of November 2017.
Since this morning 6am, the PVMBG Indonesian Geological Agency has raised the volcano alert back to level 4. It is now forbidden to get within 8 Km from volcano, and 10 Km for areas located in the North, North-East, South, South-East and South-West of the volcano.
Meanwhile, main tourist areas are at a safe distance from volcano (32 Km for Ubud) and will remain un-affected an eventual pyroclastic eruption. Only cloud of ashes may reach these areas.
Following below notice from Bali International Airport, all departures and arrivals are cancelled from now and until tomorrow morning 7 am. Future airport updates are to be published by officials every 6 hours and will be shared here.
Mount Agung is erupting for the second time this week this Saturday 25th of November, sending a cloud of ashes into the sky. Ash cloud is moving west south-west, away from main Ubud, Seminyak and other main touristic areas. Also, no sign of the cloud or of the eruption could be seen from these places. Disaster Mitigation Agency stated that tourism in these areas was still safe while the danger zone (7.5 Km from the volcano) has been evacuated.
Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry also mentioned that “Tactical guidance for departure and arrival aircraft has been applied. Eruption hasn’t endangered any flights.” Jet Star and Qantas have cancelled some flights on Saturday, however their departures and landings today are confirmed to operate has scheduled. None of the other airlines operations were affected.
Smoke has been observed with a thick gray color at 5.00 pm Bali time on November 21st and reaches a maximum height of about 700 m above the peak. The blasting ashes are blowing towards the East-Southeast. The eruption is still ongoing.
Airport is operating normally and life in main tourist area such as Ubud, Sanur, Canggu, and Denpasar remains tranquil and un-affected. These areas are outside of the radius of a potential lava flow.
Tourists are encouraged to continue visiting but should be informed while limiting travel to areas outside of the radius — all hiking on the mountain is currently prohibited.
Following a continuous drop in the volcanic tremors, the Indonesian Geological Agency has decided this 29nd of October to lower the alert to warning level III. It was previously raised this last 22nd of September 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 traveling 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.
On this same occasion we would like to thank all of you who have most kindly participated into the fundraising organized by our teams. This had for target to collect and distribute critical supplies to the Mount Agung evacuees living in the 419 temporary shelters scattered around the island in sports centers, village halls and tents.
Thanks to the generous donations of Blue Karma guests, staff and hotel, we have been able to share almost IDR 30 million of goods, where IDR 10 million where donated by the Blue Karma to Social Impakt, a local organization bringing Nazava water filters to village and shelters.
So, we went there to visit the evacuees, spent a day playing with the kids and sharing your charitable donations. Now we want to share this beautiful experience with you, through the pictures below.
And once again, a big thank you!
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.
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.
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.
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