29 October 2017
16:00 local Bali time
Mount Agung Alert Level Downgraded
The alert level for the Mount Agung volcano has been downgraded from level four to level three.
Mount Agung activity has decreased steadily over past 6 days says Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation spokesman Mr. Kasbani. The evacuation zone surrounding Mt Agung has been reduced - now only six villages within the red zone.
Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation spokesman says he hopes Mount Agung activity will continue to decrease. Evacuees from areas other than 6 affected villages will be advised of Mt Agung status change & assisted by BPBD to return if they desire. Mr. Kasbani says Mt Agung status downgrade is purely as a result of decrease in volcano activity and not other pressure, therefore anything outside the new 6-7.5 kilometre exclusion zone - including the holy Besakih temple - is now safe.
Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation will continue to monitor Mount Agung activity and subsequently downgrade the level further until back to normal.Official Statement