Over 144000 evacuated over Bali volcano eruption alert

Emilio Banks
September 30, 2017

Volcanologists already raised the threat level to 4-the highest possible level-on September 22.

Evacuees are being housed in tents, school gyms, and government buildings in neighbouring villages.

There have been tremors around Mount Agung since August, as the volcano on the tourist island threatens to erupt for the first time in 50 years.

In wake of the possible eruption of Mount Agung volcano in the Indonesian island of Bali, close to 144,000 people have been evacuated.

"In general the evacuation is going well, the logistics supply is sufficient for the evacuees' needs", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the agency spokesman, said Thursday. The increase in tremors suggests an eruption is "imminent", she said.

Around 10,000 animals have also been evacuated from the flanks of the volcano.

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Authorities have declared an area up to 12 kilometers from the crater off-limits.

"The danger line on the map is not clearly visible on the field, hence many people are afraid", he said.

"The latest information of Mount Agung's activity can be obtained through web and smart phone applications issued by PVMBG, that is, "Magma Indonesia" (magma.vsi.esdm.go.id) and through Google Playstore", he said.

Agung, about 70 kilometres (45 miles) to the northeast of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia. "However, a large eruption may follow", the head of Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVMPG) said.

The 11,000 residents of Vanuatu's Ambae island have been leaving on boats and via airlifts to evacuation centers on Vanuatu's Pentecost and Maewo islands. "There are some who are staying behind because the volcano hasn't erupted yet or because of religious beliefs". At any rate, it could occur now any time and people in the vicinity should be on alert.

"The exact date and time of the eruption can not be predicted, PVMBG will issue a warning when conditions change and if it observes a higher tendency to erupt", he said.

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