Monday, 22 January 2018.
Hazardous Zone at 6-10km radius to the crater of Mount Agung
Bali Tourism Board would like to note that the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG), Geological Agency Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has decreased the hazardous zone for activities to be 6-10 km since 4 January 2018, although its status remains at Level 4.
Mount Agung is currently under eruption phase. The potential hazard is predicted to affect the area within a radius of 6-10 km from mountain's crater.
People living in the exclusion zone have been moved to temporary camps outside the zone under threat. Provided the public honor the limits of the exclusion zone we anticipate no casualties should an eruption take place.
Outside the exclusion zone lays the rest of Bali - an area equivalent to 98% of the Island’s land mass where visitors are still enjoying a carefree and safe holiday in Bali. The fear of potentially being stranded in Bali should volcanic dust close air corridors to Bali has been addressed by establishing alternative routes; for tourist visitors unable to linger should Ngurah Rai Airport be temporarily closed, alternative land and sea routes to other gateways, such as Surabaya and Banyuwangi in East Java, have been established and tested.
Although a raised volcano Alert had been in place for three months, the airport has closed only once for just 2.5 days in late November. At that time, guests needing to continue their travels were able to travel to Surabaya or Banyuwangi to connect with domestic and international flights. Should another temporary airport closure occur, transportation to alternate airport will be provided free of charge to visitors unable to wait for re-opening of Bali’s airport. For those remaining in Bali will be provided a one night complimentary accommodation at their respective hotel and then heavily discounted rate for the rest of their stay.
22 January 2018
12:00 local Bali time.