Bali evacuees wait for signs of Mount Agung volcano eruption

Posted September 27, 2017

When Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, more than 1,100 people were killed and several settlements were destroyed.

THERE are fears the Mount Agunug volcano on the paradise island of Bali could be on the verge of erupting. Around 1,700 houses on the mountain's slopes were destroyed.

Balinese officials are taking no chances.

The Jakarta Post reports that farmers on the slopes around the mountain have been reluctant to leave their livestock behind, leading authorities to set up cattle shelters.

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"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".

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has praised the welcoming response of local communities on Bali to the evacuees.

Seismic activity from the volcano has escalated dramatically in the past two weeks but officials say there is no reason for tourists to panic and the island famous for its surfing, beaches and elegant Hindu culture is still safe to visit. Tourists visiting Bali should remain vigilant about the situation as a possible eruption probably will affect flight availability to and from Bali's airport due to ash plumes.

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Bali's Mount Agung is experiencing unprecedented levels of seismic activity and could erupt in a "matter of hours", Indonesia's volcanology centre has confirmed.

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The most unsafe area is within the radial of 12 kilometers from the Mount Agung peak where all activities are closed - including Pura Besakih, Bali's biggest and holiest Hindu temple located on the slopes of Mount Agung.

"Mount Agung is entering a critical phase".

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.

Bali's "sister village" programme and tradition of communal assistance means evacuees have been able to stay in villages outside the danger zone.

"Also they are anxious about the airport closing because an eruption is imminent". The increasing frequency and strength of those earthquakes lead to authorities raising the alert status to the highest level.

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