The alert level for the Mount Agung volcano has been downgraded from four (critical) to 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.
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 & 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 until back to normal.
As of October 29 there were 133,349 evacuees living in 390 refugee camps in nine regencies throughout Bali. Refugees who live outside this new exclusion zone will be assisted to return home should they wish to do so. Besakih temple – the largest and holiest Hindu temple in Bali and a popular tourist attraction – is also now considered safe.