Locals, animals flee with fears Bali volcano could erupt at anytime

01 October, 2017, 00:07 | Author: Essie Rivera
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More than 122,000 people on the Indonesian resort island of Bali have sought refuge in temporary shelters amid fears that the Mount Agung volcano will erupt soon.

"In general the evacuation is going well, the logistics supply is sufficient for the evacuees' needs", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the agency spokesman, said Thursday.

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of villagers living within a high danger zone that in places extends 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from Mount Agung's crater.

It last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people.

The country's volcanology canter said a full eruption could occur "in a matter of hours".

Nengah Bunter now 70, was among those who witnessed the disaster in 1963, he has been evacuated amid the fears of an "imminent" eruption.

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The official exclusion zone extends 12 kilometers from Mount Agung , which is based on last time the volcano erupted in 1963. Many Indonesians live close to volcanoes because the lava flows can make the surrounding land and soil fertile for farming.

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Officials at an evacuation centre in the Klungkung district said 122,490 people had left their homes, taking refuge at almost 500 makeshift shelters or moving in with relatives.

"We've got like 20, 30, 40 shakes where you could feel the earth shaking", Lange, 30, told AFP. On Sunday night more than 300 tremors were recorded with smoke rising from the crater to a height of 200 meters. Life went on as normal when ash and gravel was falling on us, until the big lava came out and destroyed everything, ' said 82-year-old Gusti Ayu Wati.

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.

The Australian Government's travel advisory and consular information service issued a warning to Aussie travellers on Friday, however according to the ABC, it has not deterred tourists from flying to the Indonesian Island.

The Ministry of Transportation of Indonesia has prepared a contingency plan that may divert airline operations to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali to airports in Yogyakarta, Surakarta, Surabaya and Lombok.

The towering volcano's peak is the single highest point on the Pacific island of Bali, standing at 3,031 m (9,944 ft) tall.

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