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Bali lowers volcano alert level


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Mount Agung alert led to booking cancellations
The volcano alert for Mount Agung in Bali has been lowered from ‘dangerous’ (level four) to ‘high alert’ (level three) after decreased volcanic activity.
“Based on Gunung Agung’s technical data, seismic activity has dropped dramatically in the first three days since October 20, and slowly declined thereafter to this day,” announced the Centre for Volcanology and Disaster Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) under the Ministry for Energy and Mineral Resources.
The alert level was lowered based on thermal and visual data. Drones were deployed to observe activity at the crater and “consistency in thermal and visual data prompted us to lower the status”, the centre said.
The danger zone has been reduced to between nine and six kilometres in some areas, from up to 12 kilometres.
Volcanic activity was raised to high alert on September 18, before being bumped up to dangerous on September 22, triggering booking cancellations to Bali. PVMBG will continue to monitor developments.
TTG Asia


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