Holiday plans are ruined for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island.
Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mt. Agung volcano to the highest classification. It means that eruption could be imminent.
Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said there had been five small eruptions coming from the mountain, and an ash column high 1000 metres had been observed.
There had been a “tremendous increase” in volcano activity.
School holidays are under way in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT, and the number of travellers visiting the island usually booms during this period.Holidays start next week for schools in South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told travellers to reconfirm their plans with airlines but said the overall level of advice had not changed.
An eruption of Mount Agung could impact air travel in the region.
Hundreds of small tremors have rattled the mountain this week, causing almost 10,000 people to leave their homes as of Friday over fears of a volcanic eruption.
The airport in Bali’s capital, Denpasar, a top holiday destination that attracts millions of foreign tourists every year, has not been affected but its management is watching the situation closely.
Agung Volcano at Bali threatens to erupt so watch the situation closely.