DISCUSSION: For the island of Bali in Indonesia, a maximum level 4 alert has been issued on the volcanic alert system. Mount Agung (pictured) had been spewing ash for about a week with increasing intensity, but heightened seismic activity has Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency raising the urgency to those who live in the designated exclusion zone to evacuate as soon as possible. This danger area, about an 8 to 10 kilometer radius around the volcano, is in a prime spot for a major eruption. So far only 40,000 people have fled, but 60,000 are still waiting to leave. According to the governor of Bali, an additional 150,000 people may be called on to evacuate.
Currently 445 flights to and from Indonesia’s top tourist destination have been canceled, stranding about 59,000 unfortunate travelers.
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