The status of Mount Agung remains at the highest alert status of “4" or “Awas" as has been determined by the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) of Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources' Geological Agency.
An exclusion zone covering an approximate radius of 10 km from the Mountain's peak has been determined as being at direct threat from any potential eruption. 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 the Bali regional government anticipates no casualties should a large scale 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, Bali's Governor has stated that transportation to Surabaya will be provided to visitors unable to wait for re-opening of Bali's airport. (source: PVMBG/BTB)