Bali volcano danger signs unabated week after high alert

Indonesia: Mt Agung Volcano - Sep 2017

More than 75,000 people have fled the surrounding area, and local officials say the volcano could erupt in "a matter of hours".

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

Indonesian authorities raised the volcano's alert status to the highest level on Friday following a dramatic increase in seismic activity.

Mount Agung has been active for decades, occasionally spewing smoke and ash into the sky since it last erupted in 1963.

The region is being rattled daily by hundreds of tremors from the mountain, which volcanologists say indicates a high chance of an eruption.

According to the disaster response team that is monitoring the situation, the total number of people who have been evacuated has increased to around 134,200.

Thousands of people have been evacuated in Vanuatu's northern island Ambae in the South Pacific as well as in the holiday island of Bali, Indonesia.

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

Indonesia: Mt Agung Volcano - Sep 2017

Officials have said that 122,490 people have left in fear and there are 500 makeshift shelters, the government said that they were prepared despite the rise in people evacuating the area.

'Back then we weren't evacuated until it got really unsafe.

"If my house is destroyed I don't know how to restart my life".

Bali's primary visitor hubs are in the island's south, about 70km from Mount Agung.

He said five countries had issued travel advisories related to Mt. Agung's volcanic activity, advising their citizens not to visit Bali.

There is already a comprehensive plan in place to divert flights to 10 other airports across Indonesia, should ash and volcanic gases interrupt scheduled flight plans.

Volunteers have given out meals for evacuees at a camp for people displaced from homes near an increasingly active volcano on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali.




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