Bali’s volcano is threatening its tourism industry | CNBC Reports

Bali’s volcano is threatening its tourism industry | CNBC Reports


The volcano is generating so much
smoke behind me that it’s pretty much impossible to see anything,
but if it was a clear day you would be able to see
it in theory from here. Mount Agung is located
in Bali, Indonesia and recently there are more and more
signs that a major eruption could occur. When a volcano erupts,
the consequences can be devastating for the
lives of many. In 1963, when Bali’s Mount
Agung volcano erupted, more than 1,000
people died. Then, minor eruptions and
flows lasted almost one year. Bali heavily relies on tourism, which as
of recently could be in jeopardy. The massive tourist destination gets
more than four million visitors each year. Even though Bali’s Denpasar
Airport is more than 60 kilometers from Mount Agung, ash particles
from the volcano have been discovered which has caused
multiple closures at the airport. Not only could the smoke
cause visibility issues for pilots, but it can also damage engines
of aircrafts and cause safety issues. I visited some evacuation camps
where local residents are sleeping. Meanwhile, at the volcano’s
command center, the government has set
up thousands of supplies. In these boxes, you have lots of
masks, you have flashlights, you have rice over here…
a lot of rice. In the vicinity of the volcano,
many residents have evacuated their villages, while signs are
put up to warn people of potential lava flow and nearby towns
await what could come next.

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