Bali lowers alert level for Mt Agung volcano

Volcanic activity in Mount Agung is slowing and the volcano's status has been lowered by Indonesia's volcanology centre.
Volcanic activity in Mount Agung is slowing and the volcano's status has been lowered by Indonesia's volcanology centre. PHOTO: COURTESY OF KARL KADDOURI

DENPASAR • The alert level for a rumbling volcano on Indonesia's Bali island that forced more than 100,000 to flee has been lowered, the authorities said yesterday, but there is still a chance it could erupt.

Volcanic activity in Mount Agung is slowing and the volcano's status has been lowered from Level 4 "danger" to Level 3 "alert" by Indonesia's volcanology centre.

The agency said villagers whose homes are located further than 6km from the crater could return home but warned that the mountain had not come to a standstill. Previously, those living 9km to 12km from the crater had to evacuate.

"The volcanic activities have not completely calmed down and there is still a potential for an eruption," agency head Kasbani, who goes by one name, said in a statement.

Mount Agung has been rumbling since August, sparking fears that it could erupt for the first time since 1963.

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