This last week has seen increased tremors inside of Mount Agung, on Friday 6th October over 1000 tremors were recorded along with increased smoke/steam eminating from the caldera. Then to add to the tension, there are now over 160,000 people displaced from their homes around the mountain, living in make-shift camps or homes of relatives in safe areas. It soon become evident that some people had evacuated from areas that were outside of the danger zones (there are estimated to be only 60,000 people that live within the danger zones). The government has decided that many people can now return to areas that are outside of these danger zones. This has caused much confusion among the people who were originally told to evacuate by the heads of their villages.
The residents of Tulamben area, which actually encompasses the villages of Tukadabu, Tulamben, Rubaya, Tegal Panti, Batu Dawa, Pengeno, Bahal, Batugiling and some other small hamlets in the mountain slopes around us. Have all been evacuated and are most definately in the danger zones, some are in the highest danger zone (colored red on the map) or in the second danger zone (colored pink on the map). So to satisfy the rumours, none of these people are returning home soon (including us!).
If you have ever dived at Seraya Secrets dive site, you may well know the young lady in these photos. She provides snacks, lunches, hot coffee and a smile after a dive there. Right now she is living with extended family in Singaraja district. Donations from kind people who have contributed to our fund will be happy to know that money has been sent to her to provide food and clothing for her and her family - Thank you
Reef Wreck & Critter Blog:
Jeff & Dawn Mullins run this Blog to give an insight into our underwater discoveries in Indonesia and any news about what we are currently doing .