After five weeks of evacuations and changing travel plans, Bali’s Mount Agung has finally been given the all clear.
In late September, authorities warned locals and tourists to stay away from the volcano, which was predicted to erupt at any moment.
As the ‘no-go’ zones continued to widen, so did the numbers in evacuees, which peaked at roughly 140,000 people.
The threat was intensified by the continual tremors being felt in the area, with locals claiming they felt up to 1000 felt each day.
Face masks, water and food also became entirely sold out in the surrounding area.
Now, travellers and locals are finally able to return to the area.
According to News.com, Pak Kasbani, Head of the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said the decision to decrease Agung’s threat was made after volcanic activity had been continually diminishing.
Kasbani added that the radius of the no-go zone has decreased from 12 kilometres to 7.5km from the crater.
Villagers who do not live in the 7.5km danger zone can return home, but are being warned by the government not to travel near the crater, which is apparently still smoking.