Only the Balinese Hindus with their unperturbable optimism had really believed in it: The alert for Mt. Agung has been officially decreased to level 3 yesterday late afternoon. Since then, the danger zone has been diminished to a 7.5 km radius around the crater instead of 12 km as before. The experts justify their decision with the statement that the volcano's activity has significantly declined. So, most of the people who had returned to their homes in the red zone somewhat illegally can now stay there officially and make the necessary preparations for the Galungan festivities. Seemingly, praying really helps... We, the sceptical europeans, have registered our lesson and it is our pleasure to admit that the Balinese optimism has won this round.