There is a current scare of a potential Bali volcano eruption leaving many locals and travelers stranded. It’s been several weeks now since the famous volcano of Mt. Agung, Bali’s most sacred peak, has woken up. The volcano last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,600 people. As of Monday 27th November the island has once again been put on high alert due to the high risk of Agung erupting. Smoke and ash have been seen rising from the volcano’s peak for several days now and 40,000 have already left their homes. However, volcanic activity has strengthened this morning, with smoke and ash clouds now billowing out to a height of over 3,000 feet, accompanied by constant explosive eruptions, sounds and small, localised tremors.
Given that the risks are so high, the local government have now decided to evacuate more than 100,000 people living within a certain radius of Mt. Agung, with some villages having already been covered by ash. Denpasar International Airport has also been shut down, resulting in tens of thousands of passengers being left stranded. All flights due to take place on the 27th November have been cancelled.Indonesia’s Centre for Volcanology has raised alert status to the highest level. However, authorities have asked for people to remain calm – Indonesia is situated on the so-called “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific, where natural plate tectonics result in a higher density of volcanoes and earthquakes. In Indonesia alone there are over 120 currently active volcanoes.