Mount Agung Roars
Here’s what we can do to prepare for it.
A short moment after we post our last week’s newsletter, Mount Agung roars and finally releases the Magmatic eruptions. The warning level has been increased to the highest level, which is Level IV and the danger zone is increased to 10-12 km radius. The Ngurah Rai International Airport has been closed for two days now, while updates will still be released every six hours. The government has prepare busses to take tourist to the nearest airport in Banyuwangi or Surabaya. They have also encouraged hotels to give free accommodations or discounts for travellers that are stranded because of the airport closing. The immigration has also announced that they will be giving up an automatic one-month visa extension for tourist who cannot leave the country, with several terms and conditions. Everybody is stressed out, especially now that PVMBG predicted that we would see the big eruption real soon. However, we are very happy to see how everybody is helping each other’s out in this time of need.
These past few months we have been hearing that most of the tourist areas are safe because we are more than 70 km away from Mount Agung. However, with the heavy rainfall we’ve been having, and the changes in wind direction, people are getting worried about the danger of the Volcanic Ashes. To ease your mind, we have compiled an article on Volcanic Ashes 101. Read it HERE. Oh, we also found a great man who made awesome MetaMask that can be used up to three months for your protection from ashes. Check out the news below.
Meanwhile, in order to sort out all the info regarding Mount Agung, and to avoid hoaxes, we compile these news links for you. The Ministry of Tourism updates the Mount Agung status on a regular basis, and Facebook has a Crisis Response page so you can check yourself in and mark it safe or unsafe – or to get info on how to help. We also compiled all the important numbers, from the police to the Bali Tourism Board and all the airlines. Check the article HERE. Stay safe, everyone.