Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

Bali volcano eruption could be 'hours' away as 75000 evacuate

Mount Agung is seen from a nearby village in Karangasem Bali Indonesia 24 September 2017 Mount Agung is seen from a nearby village in Karangasem Bali Indonesia 24 September 2017
Clarence Schmidt | 27 September, 2017, 00:20

The volcano is now on the highest alert level and an exclusion zone of nine kilometers as been set from the crater.

Ms Goh said she had a clear view of Mount Agung yesterday morning when she climbed Mount Batur, which is about 40km away.

Just yesterday, we reported that Bali's Mount Agung is on the verge of eruption.

Arrivals at the Denpasar worldwide airport remain stable at about 50,000 to 60,000 per day.

Monday, there were 844 volcanic earthquakes, with over 300 being already recorded today.

Mount Agung, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the Indonesian tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August, threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963.

More than 1,000 people died when Mount Agung last erupted in 1963.

As a result of mass evacuations, 57,418 people have been displaced, according to the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).

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"Even with all the signs and calculation we have today no one can tell when is the eruption will occur", said Surono, an expert of volcanology and former head of Indonesia Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center.

The volcano agency's chief Kasbani said Mount Agung had a history of major eruptions that eclipsed recent episodes in Indonesia, including the 2010 eruption of Mount Merapi in Central Java that claimed at least 350 lives.

"I think it could happen but.maybe we'd have to stay here a couple more days, so nothing to worry about", he said sitting at a cafe next to a white-sand beach in the Nusa Dua area.

Many Indonesians live close to volcanoes because the lava flows can make the surrounding land and soil fertile for farming.

The U.S.is advising against any visits to the volcano, warning that an eruption could disrupt flights.

"There will only be a relatively small number of United Kingdom holidaymakers on the island at this time of year, although Bali is a major tourist destination for the Australian market".

Australians are being advised to check with their airline before flying and to follow all authorities and hotel staff instruction if travelling to Bali.

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