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The suggestion to turn off the Internet for Nyepi has met with quite a stumbling block. Pasebaya, the institution that has been entrusted to monitor Mount Agung volcanic activity jumped into the fray yesterday.

According to the Chief of Mount Agung Area Pasebaya, I Gede Pawana, in an article this morning in balipost.com, if the Internet was turned off totally, it will disturb the 24 hour, online monitoring of Mount Agung.

Pawana said that his team is still in a neutral position right now and wanted to find out the full details of the suggestion. He did not want any disturbance on the Pasebaya volunteer job, because with the status of Mount Agung right now (level III), nobody can predict when it will erupt.

He also said that they had a responsibility to inform and educate the community and this must be performed as well as possible.  “All of our information is internet based, mainly using WhatsApp groups. We use it to inform headquarters and foreign observers. I will ask their intentions first before Pasebaya Agung takes a stand,” Pawana said.

The Head of BNPB Database and Information, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho also said that the disaster mitigation activities will be disturbed if there is no internet in Bali. But he was quite sure that even if the suggestion is approved by The Ministry of Kominfo, it would not be totally turned off. Institutions that need internet to monitor any disasters such as BPBD, BMKG, PVMBG, National SAR, Pasebaya and the other related institutions will be able to access the Internet. “The decision is with the Ministry of Kominfo. Just wait. They will give the best solution,” he said.

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  • Eric Shammaa
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    I have been waiting for a week for someone with half a brain to figure out the public health and safety risk of this idiotic irresponsible self indulgent decision.
    Glad someone finally has.

    • Susan Darcy
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      Duh Lava like water does not normally flow up hill . Have you noticed that there are quite a few big hills and valleys between Mt Agungand Seminyak. Did you READ OR HEAR NOTHING about the possible effects of an eruption on Seminyak????? Ash ash ash is the only possibility .

    • Eric Shammaa
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      Susan Darcy I understand the facts. The point of my comment is that anything could happen and the government of Bali is cutting off all possibility of mass communication and dissemination of information in the event of a catastrophe. I don’t believe Agung will blow but anything is possible. If I am not mistaken 5he last time it blew there were 12 cm of ash in Jakarta and 40cm in Bali but also projectiles the size of cars landing many many kilometers away. This is simply an irresponsible decision. But what else is new.

  • Angela Powiro
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    I think it will be cancelled

    • Herling Untu W
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      Dont put your hope to high stupidity always seem to prevail.

  • Ian Johansson
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    I don’t think this argument holds water at all! If you turn off the internet for RELIGIOUS reasons – would it not follow the same reason that the holiest of Balinese holy, the revered Mount Agung will be silent on Nyepi, too?!?!!!

  • Herling Untu W
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    One of this usseless idea to seam as if doing something well actualy doing pip. The ussealle coming from fame thirsty brain less seekers. What about important businesses or hospitals ect who need confirmation etc. Just unbelievable so stupid.

    • Eric Shammaa
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      Btw I have been informed by a volcanolphist that lava during an eruption can flow and run at the rate of 300 km per hour. If something were to happen (and IT IS VERY UNLIKELY ANYTHING WILL HAPPEN) lava could potentially travel 100 km in 20 minutes. Seminyak is about 75 km away (not to mention all of the other communities in between) and there would be no means of warning or informing anyone (neither by emergency announcements on TV or by social media).
      Have you ever seen any technical issue repaired or reversed here within 20 minutes? Lol

  • John Bergman
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  • Saraswati Mish
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    I loved Nyepi without Internet Otherwise it’s just like any other day spent online. It would seem sensible to to have all emergency services connected.

  • Ian Johansson
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    FWIW, Spicenet used to turn off internet in Buleleng years ago. Nobody complained and tourists found it quite exotic. But that was before the millennials had taken over Bali.

  • Beverley Monks
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    Strange how people managed years ago without the internet, one day will not hurt anyone.

    • Angela Powiro
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      Strange they care much bout religion, less bout public service. It was rude, unfair, not communicative, unprofessional, disobey rules. Its contradictive with how religious they want to be.

  • Don Havig
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    Oh boy . Angela its only 1 day. Nobody will die and it wont stop the world from turning round and round…Unless you are a flat earth believer.
    Ennoy the peace and guiet this day offers

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