Officials in Indonesia have expanded a previous Bali volcano travel warning regarding the potential eruption of Mount Agung. They've more than doubled the size of the area people should avoid.
Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency updated the volcano alert on Monday, September 18, raising the volcano’s status to a Level 3 Alert and warning tourists and visitors to stay at least 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) away from the crater of the volcano when climbing or camping.
Additionally, the agency has warned that visitors avoid elevations on the mountain more than 950 meters (about 3,117 feet) from sea level, in addition to 7.5 kilometers (about 4.7 miles) away from areas in the north, southeast, and southwest of the volcano.
The agency has called for all community activities within the at-risk area to cease, and will be preparing for possible evacuations should the volcano erupt.
Mount Agung volcano is located in Bali, and sits roughly 45 miles northeast of Kuta — another hotspot for visitors traveling across Indonesia. It's a popular destination for adventurous hikers who summit the 9,944-foot peak at sunrise.
Seismic activity at the volcano has continued to increase, and the alert noted that there have already been 50-meter (or 164-foot) blasts from the base of the crater.
Nevertheless, the agency is still encouraging locals and tourists to continue with their visits and most planned activities near the area — but suggesting they remain vigilant and continue monitoring the potential eruption. The emergency agency will continue to provide volcano updates.
When Mount Agung (also known as Gunung Agung), last erupted in 1963, it led to the death of some 1,100 people.