No need to avoid Bali after volcano eruption

Posted by Christi Nortier on 26 April 2019

Bali’s highest peak, Mount Agung, erupted over the weekend, but the UK and USA have said it is still safe to travel to the area – just don’t get too close.

Travellers shouldn’t come within 4km of the rumbling mountain, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised.

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They say it is an “exclusion zone” which has been demarcated by local authorities. If you happen to be in the zone, they suggest you leave as soon as possible.

If you are outside of the area, be aware that mud, debris and ash-fall may still reach you.

They caution that eruptions can happen with little or no warning and can trigger evacuations. Clouds of ash can ground planes.

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The USA has issued a travel advisory for Indonesia, of which Bali is just one of thousands of islands which make up this country.

It recommends that travellers remain cautious because of natural disasters which could disrupt transportation, infrastructure, sanitation and health services.

The volcano sits on the “Ring of Fire”, a 40,000km-long belt of volcanoes around the Pacific Ocean. This belt is home to 75% of the world’s volcanoes.

In June last year, the volcano erupted and emitted gas and ash, which forced the closure of surrounding airports. The volcano’s height is almost three times that of Table Mountain.

 

Feature Image: Florian Giorgio






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