New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is known for keeping in touch with people solving their queries over Twitter, had everyone laughing when she said she will have to “consult a volcano in Indonesia” in response to an Indian’s query asking if the government has any advisory for tourists visiting the Southeast Asian nation’s Bali island.
In a tweet, Sushil Rai wrote: “is it safe to travel bali. We have a bali trip on 11.08.18 to 17.08.18. Is it safe? Is their ny advisory has been issued by our govt. Kindly guide us soon.(sic)”
“I will have to consult the volcano there,” Sushma Swaraj said late on Wednesday night in response.
I will have to consult the volcano there. https://t.co/bv2atzWtZg
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 8, 2018
Mount Agung in Indonesia’s Bali island, a popular tourist destination for Indians, erupted on July 3. Since June 28, Indonesia’s Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said the eruption had lasted under two minutes, with the plume has recorded increased volcanic activity from the mountain, which has erupted several times with different intensities since late last year states IANS.
If one wonders as to why the Twitter user asked if it was safe to travel to Bali in August, it must be known that the eruption of Agung led to the closure of three airports, including the one in Bali, affecting 446 flights and stranded more than 74,000 passengers.
Since Indonesia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity, there are records thousands of small to moderate tremors every year.