Thousands evacuated as Bali volcano rumbles

Ebony Scott
September 23, 2017

Thousands of residents and tourists have been evacuated from the region near Bali's Mount Agung after tremors and smoke triggered fears of a pending eruption.

'Contact your airline or tour operator to confirm travel plans, ' said DFAT, with flights likely to be cancelled if the volcano erupts.

Almost 10,000 residents whose homes are on the slopes of Mount Agung have left as experts predict an increased risk of an eruption.

"There should be zero public activity within the specified radius in case there is an eruption", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of Bali's National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) said in a statement this week.

Almost 10,000 people have left their homes around Mount Agung on Bali because of the possibility of a volcanic eruption, officials said on Friday.

It was the third time in little more than a week that the alert level has been raised for Mount Agung.

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Up to 30,000 villagers have left their homes around the mountain, officials said on Friday.

The last occurrence took place in 1963, when more than 1,000 people lost their lives and ash was hurled as high as 6 miles into the sky. They are staying in temporary shelters, sports centres, village halls and with relatives, the NDMA spokesman said. "At that time, there were frequent tremors before the eruption", he said.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said no residents or tourists should be within 6 miles (9km) of the crater and within 7.5 miles to the north, north-east, south-east and south/south-west of the mountain.

More than 7,000 evacuees were in the 325 square mile district surrounding the volcano, Karangasem, which is home to about 408,000 people.

Indonesia lies in the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and cause frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

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