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Over 134000 fleeing home as Bali volcano may erupt at any moment

29 September 2017, 12:26 | Tara Lloyd

Over 134000 fleeing home as Bali volcano may erupt at any moment

Over 134000 fleeing home as Bali volcano may erupt at any moment

Mount Agung, 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years and forcing more than 80,000 people to flee their homes.

The alert status of Agung was raised to the highest level on Friday following a dramatic increase in seismic activity. Some return to the danger zone, which extends up to 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the crater, during the day to tend to livestock. Thousands of cows are also being evacuated.

The Manaro Voui volacano in Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean and Mount Agung in eastern Bali could both erupt in any time.

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Numerous evacuees, who set off after the red alert was given on Friday, are sheltering in buildings including temporary camps and sports centres. The increase in tremors suggests an eruption is "imminent", she said.

"I was very anxious about the situation" said Nyoman Suarta, who was leaving a village a few kilometers outside the official no-go radius.

'Mount Agung had been erupting for three months when the government evacuated us. "Sirens will sound and tell the community the mountain has erupted".

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But officials now said people are fleeing even farther areas.

Almost 50,000 people have fled their homes near the Mount Agung volcano, with tremors continuing to increase in intensity and frequency. "Please, come and visit Bali", said AA Gede Yuniartha Putra, the island's tourism chief, according to the Australian website news.com.au.

An increasing frequency of tremors from the volcano indicates magma is continuing to move toward the surface and an eruption is possible, said National Disaster Mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

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There are more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, made up of thousands of islands on the "Ring of Fire" of fault lines and volcanoes in the Pacific.



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