Latest update: Tuesday 28 November, 8:19am
Tourists are still stranded in Denpasar International airport as evacuations and airport closures continue.
Many are currently awaiting refunds from airlines such as Silk Air and Air Asia.
Meanwhile, BNPB, Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management, have reported some villagers are still refusing to leave their homes.
“Not all villagers in the dangerous radius are willing to evacuate. Until now there are still many people who remain in their houses,” they reported in a post on social media.
Tuesday 28 November, 7:12am
Bali’s Denspasar International airport remains shut for a second day as officials fear a larger eruption of Mount Aguing volcano.
Monday 27 November 22:53pm
NASA satellites have detected large amounts of magma around the summit.
Magma Indonesia tweeted: “Tonight, for the first time a thermal anomaly was detected in the crater of Mount Agung by NASA Modis satellite, about 70 megawatts of power (source: mirovaweb.it).
“This indicates that a significant volume of magma had been on the surface.”
Bali volcano: Tourists left stranded at the airport for the second day
Monday 27 November 20:25pm
ABTA have issued advice, stating: “People on holiday in the region should monitor news reports, follow the advice from local authorities and stay outside the existing exclusion zone, which extends between 8 and 10 kms from the crater.
“Volcanic ash clouds could continue to cause flight disruption and may result in further airport closures in the region. Anyone due to travel to the region imminently should check with their travel provider or airline to establish if their holiday or flight is affected.”
Monday 27 November 19:15pm
Tens of thousands of people who have refused to leave the area may be forcibly removed.
Many said they still felt safe despite the current eruption.
A spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) stated: “There are personnel doing the sweeping, if they [residents] need to be forcibly evacuated.”
Monday 27 November 16:33pm
The volcano is due to get worse in the next few days as the eruptions continue to get more violent
Bali’s Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has explained: “There is a high possibility of an eruption that would be bigger than before.
“A few signs indicate that activity will continue and that yesterday there were a few explosive eruptions.”
Monday 27 November, 14:56pm
The FCO have updated their travel advice for Bali on their website.
“Mount Agung in East Bali has been erupting since 21 November 2017.
“On 27 November the authorities raised the alert level to level 4 (maximum).
“Ash clouds have caused disruption to flights and airport closure in Bali and Lombok.
You should contact your airline or travel agent before flying, monitor local media reports, follow the advice of the local authorities and stay outside of the exclusion zone.”
Monday 27 November, 12:16pm
Stranded tourist Lauren Potts has been left at Bali International airport.
She tweeted: “Stuck in Bali praying we get to Melbourne before Friday so we can get our flight home #Balivolcano #notparadisewhenyoufeeltrapped #prayforjakeandlauren”.
Monday 27 November, 10:56am
Some 100 buses have been sent to Bali’s International airport and to ferry terminals to rescue travellers left stranded by the eruption closures, said Indonesia’s Directorate General of Land Transportation.
Mount Aguing continues to spew volcanic ash as airport remain closed
Monday 27 November, 10:27am
A number of planes due to transit at Bali’s Denpasar International Airport are stuck on the tarmac at airports such as Jakarta on Jakarta island and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Batten, after the closure of Denpasar – a hub airport for domestic and international flights in Indonesia.
Monday Monday 27 November, 10:01am
Indonesian National Board for Disaster BNPB has posted an information poster on their Instagram account.
The poster requests citizens within 10km of the volcano eruption to “evacuate soon in an orderly and calm manner”.
Monday 27 November, 9:41am
The British Embassy in Indonesia and Timor-Leste have advised tourists to put on face masks as Mount Aguing spews volcanic ash.
A representative on the Embassy’s Twitter account wrote: “Make sure to wear face mask as announced by the local government.You can get the masks at Search & Rescue Post of Tanagampo, Karangsem. Outside this area, you must provide by yourself.”
Monday 27 November, 9:32am
A local Hindu community is conducting a prayer service in the shadow of the volcano, in the hope of avoiding a large scale eruption.
Monday 27 November, 9:24am
According to a statement made on BNPB Indonesia’s Twitter account, 100 Balinese field officers are currently being briefed to handle the disaster management at Mount Aguing, also known as Gunung Agung.
Monday 27 November, 09.10am
Both Bali’s main airport, Denpasar international, and the smaller airport at neighbouring island Lombok have now been closed, as Mount Aguing volcano fears rise.
The alert has been risen to level 4, the highest one possible, as the volcano continues to spew ash into the surrounding area.
All international flights to and from the Denpasar International, also known as Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, have been cancelled, affecting some 59,000 passengers on 445 flights, according to a statement from the airport.
Aerial footage shows Mount Agung’s huge ash cloud.
Monday 27 November, 07.25am
Some 100,000 people have been told to evacuate the Bali Mount Aguing area immediately, after a warning by indonesian officials.
At present, 40,000 people have already been moved away from immediate area of the volcano, following last Tuesday’s eruption.
You can follow the live updates for Bali volcano here.
The Bali volcano Mount Agung is due to erupt further in the next few days
The exclusion zone around the volcano has been extended: previously, it was 7.5 km around the volcano, but this has now risen to up to 10km.
A spokesman for the indonestion National Board for Disaster, BNPB, said: “Watch out for lahar floods (cold lava) around Mt Agung.”
Flights to and from Bali have been cancelled or diverted after the volcano finally erupted, nearly two months after it first started showing signs of dangerous activity.
Airlines including Jetstar have announced they are cancelling flights in light of the developments. Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in total, eight international flights to Bali and 13 international flights departing from Bali on Saturday night were cancelled. He said about 2,000 people were stranded at the airport.
The neighbouring airport of Lombok has been closed unitl at last 6am Monday (local time), due to ash clouds, an official at the airport has said.
The latest Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation alert said: “Eruption and ash emission is continuing.
“Best estimate of ash-cloud top is around 14,854 FT (4,642m) above sea level, may be higher than what can be observed clearly.
The Bali volcano eruptions has caused flights to be delayed and cancelled as tourists are stranded
Volcanic ash from #MountAgung disrupting #Bali flights – flights cancelled this evening
“Ash cloud moving to west-southwest. Seismic activity is characterized by low frequency earthquakes.”
Jetstar Airways took to Twitter to inform passengers of cancellations, and wrote: “Volcanic ash from #MountAgung disrupting #Bali flights – flights cancelled this evening; some of tomorrow’s flights delayed to allow for further assessment of flying conditions in the morning.
“We’ll contact affected customers directly via SMS & email to provide further updates.”
Jetstar today confirmed flights will be “operating to normal schedule tomorrow”, and they are adding an additional 787 Melbourne – Bali return service.
There are reports Qantas is also cancelling flights, although they have yet to confirm this.
Bali volcano: Virgin Australia shared this latest update on their flights today
Virgin Australia wrote in a statement on their website: “Virgin Australia is closely monitoring activity at Mt Agung in Bali following a second confirmed eruption. The Agung Volcano Observatory aviation colour code is currently orange.
“Due to the increased volcanic ash we have delayed our two flights from Denpasar this evening as a precaution and to allow us to assess flying conditions. Flights are planned to continue as normal, unless otherwise advised.
“We encourage guests booked via travel agents or third parties to ensure Virgin Australia has your mobile number, should we need to contact you in the event of any changes. Guests with travel insurance are encouraged to check with their insurer about their individual circumstances.”
In a statement, Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency said: “Tourism in Bali is still safe, except in the danger (zone) around Mount Agung.
“There has not been an increase in seismic and volcanic acivity after the (Tuesday) eruption and until this afternoon.”
Bali volcano: Airline Jetstar tweeted this message about cancelled flights earlier today
LIST OF CANCELLED FLIGHTS
Saturday, 25 November
- Jetstar JQ127 Adelaide – Bali
- Jetstar JQ128 Bali – Adelaide
- Jetstar JQ102 Townsville – Bali
- Jetstar JQ116 Perth – Bali
- Jetstar JQ37 Sydney – Bali
- Jetstar JQ38 Bali – Sydney
- Jetstar JQ35 Melbourne – Bali
- Jetstar JQ36 Bali – Melbourne
- Virgin VA36 Denpasar – Sydney
- Virgin VA34 Denpasar – Sydney (delayed)
Sunday 26 November
- Jetstar JQ101 Bali – Townsville
- Jetstar JQ117 Singapore – Bali
- Jetstar JQ117 Bali – Perth
- Virgin VA55 Port Headland – Denpasar
- Virgin VA35 Sydney – Denpasar
- Virgin VA43 Brisbane – Denpasar
- Virgin VA44 Denpasar – Brisbane
- Virgin VA36 Denpasar – Sydney
- Virgin VA46 Denpasar – Brisbane
Monday 27 November
All international flights have now been cancelled.