Over 50 eruptions rock our planet every year. If an eruption happens, flows of searing hot lava can be released, and boulders of hardening lava can rain down. For most people, the danger comes from the ash cloud. This ash can bring poisonous gases and particles which can:
We’re currently south of Mount Agung in Ubud. Fortunately, while we are close (30kms), we are not in the offical evacuation zone (ranging from 9 to 12kms). However, there are some potential risks. These are the guidelines and steps we are taking to prepare for a volcanic eruption.
It can be difficult to find good central source for information, especially if the local information is in another language. However, setting up a Google News Alert is a great way to stay on top of news from multiple sources.
You may not have a choice but to leave. If you are in no-go areas, listen to local authorities and follow their instructions to relocate to an evacuation centre or safer location.
Remember, if you are in a region where there is ash fall after an eruption, the best place to be is inside. Be prepared to close up the house and all ventilation points if this occurs. If you have a respiratory ailment or heart problems, seriously consider relocating.
If you choose to stay where you are, ash fall may keep you housebound for hours or even days. Prepare your home with this list of essential supplies in case of an ash fall:
Consider that you could be stuck in your vehicle, so store an emergency supply kit in your vehicle too.
For further information on ash fall, there is an awesome detailed guide from the New Zealand Government here.
Note: we by no means call ourselves experts. Please follow any instructions from local authorities.
If you are near a volcano that has erupted, check out our guide on What to do in a Volcanic Eruption.