Recently, Gunung Agung or Agung volcano has been the talk of the world after its high activities. But what makes this volcano famous? The fact that it is located in one of world’s favorite tourist destination from Indonesia, Bali, makes people give the eyes on it. Gunung Agung is located in the northeastern side of Bali. The volcano has a deep meaning for the Balinese since for Hindu people, the volcano is very sacred. Most of the religious related activities focused on the volcano. Every Pura or temple in Bali faces the northeast direction where Gunung Agung is located.
Gunung Agung is an active volcano with low activity compare to Merapi volcano which always on its activity every 6 or 10 years. Gunung Agung last eruption is on 1963 and it is only the fourth times since 1800. Its eruption has the same type as Merapi which let out hot clouds. And according to the last eruption, the lava would reach the distance of ± 7.290 m. The recent activity had forced hundreds of families to take a shelter in Candidasa city as the status of the volcano has been changed to level 4 or the highest level. The area of 9 km from the volcano is obliged to be emptied for any activities.
Even so, if you want to visit Bali, you don’t have to be afraid as long as you avoid the dangerous area. The places that you can’t visit are like Pura Besakih, Tulamben, and Amed. Outside of those areas, it is still considered safe for a visit. And don’t worry, most of the tourist destination in Bali located in the southern part of Bali. In case of the closure of the airport when the volcano erupts, the government has prepared ± 300 buses to take the passenger to the nearest airport in Java.