Pinoys in Bali told to remain vigilant as Mt. Agung rumbles

Bill Rogers
September 29, 2017

Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people. "I think there are some people that either don't understand, or don't believe, or are just stubborn and don't want to go", said Kenny Peavy, an American expat who fled with his family last Friday.

The evacuees are scattered in over 500 locations across the island, taking shelter in temporary camps, sports centers and public buildings.

More than 62,000 people live within the danger zone however, anyone living outside the zone have fled.

Recognized as one of the most handsome islands on the planet, Bali is known for the charm and friendliness of its people, as much as for its loveliness, and is the destination for millions of tourists each year.

On the Indonesian island of Bali, more than 134,000 people have been taken to shelters as authorities warn that Mount Agung, in the island's north, could erupt at any time.

Bali is famous for its beaches and temples and saw almost 5 million visitors previous year, mainly from China, Australia, and Japan.

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The animals are extremely valuable to the evacuees - mostly farmers - some of whom have refused to leave the danger zone, the spokesman said. Meanwhile, the authorities in Bali remain defiant.

Virgin Australia, which flies to Bali from Australia, said on Wednesday that it was expecting "some delays".

"Flights may be disrupted in the event of a volcanic eruption", the DFA said in a statement.

Mount Agung is seen at sunrise from an observation point which is about 12 kilometer (7.4 miles) away from the volcano in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

"The principle concerns here are that the volcano can eject volcanic rocks to distances of many kilometers from the crater, and that the volcano could erupt ash and/or emit sulfur dioxide", said Andrews, from the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program.

Elsewhere in the Pacific, all 11,000 residents of the island of Ambae in Vanuatu were evacuated when the Manaro Voui volcano erupted last weekend.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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