Bali's Mt. Agung Erupts, Stranding Travelers and Forcing Locals to Evacuate

November 27, 2017

 Image from AsiaOne, photo courtesy of AFP


Update: As of November 27, 2017, over 445 flights have been canceled out of Bali, leaving almost 60,000 passengers stranded. 


On November 25, 2017, Mt. Agung, a volcano located in Bali, Indonesia, began to erupt, with a cloud of ash rising almost 4 kilometers above the island. Initially, airlines did not cancel flights, and operations at Denpasar-Bali (Ngurah Rai) International Airport remained business as usual. However, just a day later, the volcano erupted again, alarming tourists, local residents, and scientists. The resulting ash cloud has begun drifting southeast along Bali, prompting many airlines to cancel their flights. According to CNN, over 24,000 people were evacuated from the area on Sunday, and Australian low cost carrier Jetstar Airways has canceled all flights into and out of Bali, stranding more than 7,000 passengers at Ngurah Rai Airport.


According to Indonesia's Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation and CNN, the aviation notice was "raised... from a red alert to a green one on Monday, indicating the potential for a larger eruption is imminent." Furthermore, also on Monday, Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Management "issued a level 4 alert, recommending no public activities within 8 to 10 kilometers" from Mt. Agung. Due to the high likelihood of further eruptions, it is entirely possible that travelers will be stranded in Bali for an extended period of time. 


Are you currently stranded in Bali, Indonesia because of Mt. Agung's imminent eruptions? 

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