Updated: 12/16/2017 4:30:44 AM
The Indonesian authorities are encouraging tourists to keep coming to Bali but are telling them to stay out of the danger zone around Mount Agung.
The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that the danger zone is only within a radius of 8-10 km from the summit of Mount Agung.
At the end of last month, thousands of tourists were stranded due to flight cancellations and the closure of airports on Bali and the neighbouring island of Lombok.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all travel to within 10-kilometres of Mount Agung due to "ongoing volcanic activity".
Travel expert Frank Brehany said: “The indications from the Bali government, in particular from the Indonesian Government's BMKG Climate Agency, suggests that air traffic will not be affected for the remainder of 2017, as the winds are blowing ash in a easterly direction.
Updated: 12/12/2017 2:43:28 AM
A rumbling volcano on Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali ejected greyish-white plumes of ash on Friday, a timelapse sequence of Reuters images showed, a reminder, if it were needed, that its weeks-long period of activity has not ended.
Ash spewed as high as 2.1 km above the crater during one emission at 7:59 a.m., within a radius of about 5 km around the mountain, the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency said.
“Sometimes it is hard for the lava and magma to come out, and when there is pressure, it will spew ash,” agency head Gede Suantika told Reuters.
Updated: 12/8/2017 1:02:24 AM
Mount Agung has erupted for the third time in Bali, blasting thick plumes of grey ash more that two kilometres into the air.
The eruption, which occurred at 7.59am local time on Friday morning, sent a huge column of volcanic ash 2,100 metres into the atmosphere, according to Bali’s disaster management agency (BNPB).
Following the eruption, the Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) increased Agung’s alert to orange, though Bali International Airport and Lombok Airport are reportedly operating as normal.
Updated: 12/5/2017 3:49:42 AM
The thick columns of dark ash seen last week have been replaced by a much less intense plume of steam, Indonesia's Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) said on Monday.
This morning white steam could be be seen rising up to 1,500 metres above the volcano's summit.
But the volcano alert in Bali remains at its maximum level, with experts warning that an eruption could still happen at any time.
Updated: 12/3/2017 2:39:52 AM
Bali volcano Mount Agung is causing major fears as locals brace for another eruption after a fresh earthquake. Mount Agung looks on the brink of a bigger and more destructive eruption as it spews out dangerous cold lava and ash.
Despite a reduction in the amount of ash coming from Mount Agung, warnings continue.
Posting on Twitter, volcanologist Dr Janine Krippner said: “This does not mean it is over. Fluctuations in activity are a normal part of the life of volcanoes.”
Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centre also warned that a more violent eruption remained likely with the crater of Mount Agung one-third filled with magma.
Rescue flights out of Bali have been cancelled today as the race to get stranded tourists home was again thrown into turmoil thanks to the volcanic ash cloud.
Updated: 12/1/2017 3:04:22 AM
Authorities reopened Bali’s international airport Thursday after closing it for three days due to fear of ash damage to aircraft engines. The closures stranded close to 60,000 passengers and more than 100,000 people near the volcano were told to evacuate as explosions were heard more than 7 miles away.
Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) warned Monday that the eruptions are increasing and declared the highest alert level for the volcano. An Indonesian government scientist said a larger eruption is possible, but also that the current levels of lava, ash, sulfur, and carbon dioxide emissions could continue for weeks.
Updated: 11/30/2017 3:25:05 AM
Thousands of foreign tourists were expected to leave Bali by plane Thursday following a nearly three-day airport shutdown sparked by a rumbling volcano on the Indonesian holiday island.
The alert level on Mount Agung remains at the maximum, but a change in wind direction blew towering columns of ash and smoke away from the airport, prompting authorities to re-open the island’s main international gateway on Wednesday afternoon.
The move raised hopes for some of the 120,000 tourists stranded after the surge in volcanic activity grounded hundreds of flights since Monday, sparking travel chaos and forcing the evacuation of villagers living in its shadow.
Updated: 11/28/2017 5:25:15 AM
The airport in Bali's capital Denpasar, a top holiday destination that attracts millions of foreign tourists every year, has been closed.
Some 445 flights were cancelled, affecting more than 59,000 passengers, officials said.
Mt. Agung last erupted in 1963, killing around 1,600 people in one of the deadliest eruptions ever seen in a country with nearly 130 active volcanoes.
Updated: 11/28/2017 5:14:44 AM
The Bali volcano is likely to erupt with another larger explosion as Mount Agung continues to hurl ash 9,800 feet into the air.
Explosions from the mountain have been heard more than seven miles away and red-hot lava is welling up in the crater, sometimes seen in the reddish glow of the huge ash plumes.
Indonesian authorities have raised the volcano's alert to the highest level and expanded the danger zone to six miles.
Tens of thousands of people living close to Bali's Mt Agung have so far failed to heed official warnings to come in to evacuation shelters.
Bali's evacuation shelters should be full 48 hours after authorities extended a no-go zone around the volcano.
Officials said up to 150,000 people should leave their homes in anticipation of stronger eruptions, but the temporary shelters are holding nowhere near that number of people. The latest count had just over 30,000 people.
Updated: 11/27/2017 3:01:49 AM
100,000 people must evacuate from the danger zone around a rumbling volcano on the island of Bali, officials said on Monday after warning of an imminent eruption.
Some 40,000 people have already left communities near Mount Agung but that figure is set to more than double, the Disaster Mitigation Agency said.
Massive columns of thick grey smoke have been pouring out of Mount Agung since last week and they shot more than three kilometres into the sky early Monday, prompting the island's international airport to be closed, leaving thousands of tourists stranded.
"The volcano's alert level has been raised to the highest level," said senior state volcanologist Gede Suantika. "Constant tremors can be felt."
Updated: 11/27/2017 12:50:00 AM
Indonesia raised its warning for Bali's Mount Agung volcano to the top level four alert on Monday, closed the holiday island's airport and told residents near the summit to immediately evacuate, warning of the "imminent" risk of a larger eruption.
"Plumes of smoke are occasionally accompanied by explosive eruptions and the sound of weak blasts that can be heard up to 12 km from the peak," the Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said in a statement.
Updated: 10/24/2017 3:53:58 PM
About 20 million people will have felt the potentially devastating magnitude 6.7 earthquake that rocked Mount Agung today, according to Watchers.news.
The USGS have said that the epicentre of the quake hit about 60 miles north-northeast of Basira Satu and confirmed that an tsunami is not expected to follow.
The earthquake was recorded at a depth of 549km in the Flores Sea, just northeast of Bali, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Plumes of white steam have been recorded rising 200 to 500 metres above the crater of the Bali volcano, according to the island’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG).
Published Friday, October 20, 2017
BALI’s largest volcano Mount Agung is being rocked by more than 1,000 earthquakes a day as eruption fears escalate. Here is the latest news and live updates.
Mount Agung was hit by 1,052 earthquakes on Thursday, according to Bali’s Geological Agency.
Of these, 245 were shallow earthquakes, 676 were deeper quakes and 102 were local tectonic tremors.
Agung has been struck by 121 earthquakes between the hours of 12am and 6am today, including one non-harmonic quake.
Bali volcano Mount Agung Facts
Affected Area: 25 km.
Alert Level: Red