Over 57000 flee home as volcano may erupt in Bali

The sun sets behind Mount Agung yesterday

As Mount Agung in Bali is shaken by unprecedented levels of seismic activity and 75,000 people evacuate from the surrounding area, local officials are warning the volcano could erupt in "a matter of hours".

Mount Agung is one of many active volcanoes in the ring of fire, a string of volcanoes and seismic activity that runs through the Indonesian archipelago and the edges of the Pacific Ocean.

"Business is getting low since Mount Agung's alert status was raised to the highest level", said Ketut Purnawata, manager of Dasawana Resort, which is in the same district as the volcano, normally popular with tourists and hikers.

"Some of our Bali bound flights will be making fuel stops in Darwin". It may remain there and slowly cool to form an intrusion (most typical scenario) or could lead to an eruption an time.

Around 62,000 people live within the danger zone around the volcano, however not all have chose to evacuate.

Thousands of evacuees are living in temporary shelters, sports centres, village halls and with relatives or friends.

He said the aid package included 5,000 blankets, 18,230 mattresses, 520,000 masks and 12,000 kilograms of rice.


Bali International Airport will likely be closed in the case of an eruption, but it'll depend on whether volcanic material is considered to be a hazard to flights. Lava traveled 7.5 kilometers (4.7 miles) and ash reached Jakarta, about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) away.

The volcano's last eruption, in 1963, killed more than 1,000 people.

"The mountain has not erupted until now".

Air Force helicopter Superpuma will take Jokowi to Klungkung on Tuesday at noon after he wraps up a visit to Buleleng regency to distribute land certificates to people in Buleleng, the Palace said in a press release. "The earthquakes are happening less frequently but the magnitude is getting stronger", Gede Suantika, a senior volcanologist at the agency told AFP.

Tremors around Bali's Mount Agung have been steadily increasing, indicating an even higher chance of an eruption.

Mount Agung volcano is seen in Amed, Bali on September 26. However, it was 10 times smaller than Mount Agung's 1963 eruption.

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