Bali’s Mount Agung erupts again as alert status downgraded
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Bali’s Mount Agung erupts again as alert status downgraded

DAYS after Indonesia lowered the alert status for the surrounding area of Mount Agung in Bali, it has erupted again.

Social media has revealed the extent of the recent eruption, showing a 1.5-kilometer ash column streaming out of the crater. As of yet, no airlines have announced cancellations or redirection for flights in and out of Bali.

However, authorities are observing the situation as Mount Agung continues to spew ash, as this mixture of fine ash particles and rocks can cause plane engines to fail.

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Индонезия – истинно вулканическая страна! Более 400 вулканов, выстроившихся в цепь по всему архипелагу, и из них 129 действующие. Тамбора, Мерапи, Кракатау – самые известные и самые смертоносные. Стратовулкан Агунг на Бали всю осень и зиму прошлого года был под пристальным вниманием СМИ, которые пророчили неизбежное извержение. Когда мы прибыли в Индонезию, зоной смерти еще была обозначена территория в радиусе 12 км вокруг Агунга, откуда ранее были эвакуированы все жители. В городке Амед нам повезло понаблюдать выброс пепла, а в храме Лемпуянг я стряхивала его с одежды и фотоаппарата. Странные впечатления и градиент различных эмоций от восторга до страха, скажу я вам :) Сейчас ситуация с Агунгом стабилизировалась, зону смерти сократили сначала до 6, а затем и до 4 км вокруг жерла. Но насколько прогнозируемы вулканы? Могут ли они "раскочегариться" за короткий срок? Я не совсем нашла ответы на эти вопросы, но так или иначе вулканы Индонезии будоражат воображение и кровь :) #indonesia #bali #agung #volcano #eruption #gunungagung #environment #amed #phototravel #amazing #ash #mountagung #photooftheday #sacoolinaphoto #агунг #бали #индонезия #вулкан #извержение #пепел #выброспепла #огненныйпоясземли #путешествие #фотографуфа #стихия #островбали

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The paradise island was getting ready to welcome Chinese tourists in time for the imminent Lunar New Year festivities.

“In spite of Mount Agung’s earlier eruptions, Bali Island’s safety for travel is under control and we welcome Chinese tourists,” Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya recently told a news conference in Beijing.

Earlier this year the consulate general of China in Denpasar urged Chinese tourists traveling to Bali to be cautious when planning their trip.

However, Bali’s governor I Made Manggku Pastika, soon countered these claims and insisted the consulate general issue a statement to Chinese tourists informing them “the Island of the Gods in the Indonesian archipelago is safe to visit”.

The decision to downgrade Mount Agung’s status was made after several scientific indicators showed a drastic decrease in activity in the past month.

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Balinese children walk up stairs at Lempuyang temple which overlooks Mount Agung volcano, in Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia, December 3, 2017. Source: Reuters/Darren Whiteside

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This also meant those living on the slopes of the volcano could return home as more than 140,000 people had to leave their dwellings and livelihoods after Indonesia raised its alert status to the highest level when Mount Agung erupted in November 2017.

The ash that fell yesterday was light and undisruptive to daily activities reported The Jakarta Post.

A detector has now been fitted on Mount Agung so scientists can receive an early indication if the volcano is going to erupt again.

This article was originally published on our sister website Travel Wire Asia.