Late on Wednesday, September 20, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook Bali. The Indonesian earthquake was detected in the Java Sea northwest of the island. The earthquake has exacerbated fears that the Mount Agung volcano will erupt in the near future, and put locals as well as tourists in the region on high alert.
Bali Earthquake Aftermath
While the Bali earthquake, which is considered a moderate-to-strong tremor, did no damage, it has escalated fears of a tsunami and the eruption of the Mount Agung volcano.
Volcano Eruption Alert
Even before the undersea earthquake, officials in Indonesia had already expanded their volcano travel warning. The level 3 alert more than doubled the size of the area people should avoid, and canceled activities in the at-risk zone.
Is It Safe to Travel to Bali?
At this time, no official tsunami warning has been issued for Bali or the surrounding area, though it seems quite likely that a volcanic eruption is imminent. Seismic activity has been steadily increasing in the area, and already smoke has been seen escaping the crater.
Travelers should note that a number of earthquakes have struck along the so-called Ring of Fire in the last 48 hours, including an earthquake in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, and the devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico City on Tuesday.
According to the Daily Mail, 90 percent of volcanoes and earthquakes happen in this particularly seismic region.
While people are not being encouraged to change travel plans at this time, it is important to watch for local updates from government, as well as hotel staff and airlines.