Mount Agung eruption: Indonesia lowers Bali volcano alert status

Mount Agung eruption: Indonesia lowers Bali volcano alert status

Bali, famous for its surf, beaches and temples, attracted almost 5 million visitors past year, but business has slumped in areas around the volcano since September when Agung's volcanic tremors began to increase.

"I went ahead because they're both out of the exclusion zone - I also didn't want to lose my deposits and I've already taken the leave", he said.

The BNPB says the eruption is a "steam driven explosion" but said the danger zone around the volcano was "dynamic" and could change at any time.

There is now an evacuation zone around the volcano, which stretches between six to 7.5km from the summit.

"People are encouraged to remain calm".

His statement came after his coordination with Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) and Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) to analyze results of observation carried out by Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (DVAAC), one of world's nine reputable volcanic ash advisory center based in Australia. Since then the mount has been rumbling intermittently.

Many local residents are said to now be living in shelters.

Almost 1,600 people died when Agung last erupted in 1963.

The alert level remains at three after it was downgraded from the maximum level of four on October 29.

"Time to make sure you are prepared and keep an eye on official Agung information".

Indonesia is an archipelago in Southeast Asia, Is located on the "ring of fire" in the Pacific, where the collision of tectonic plates causes frequent earthquakes and a major volcanic activity.

The rise in volcanic activity in the months prior to the eruption prompted around 140,000 people to relocate to safer locations.

Bali's global airport remained open.