Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Bali Volcano Fears Spark Exodus of 75000

Bali Volcano Fears Spark Exodus of 75000

"Denpasar City and most of the touristic destinations in Bali are safe from the eruption or unsafe impact of the eruption", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of Information and data of Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency, said.

Sitting on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia has almost 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country.

Last Friday, the Indonesian authorities issued a warning of high alert for the possibility of the volcano erupting after 50 years being dormant and the residents evacuated.

Virgin Australia and Jetstar, both of which fly to Bali from Australia, said they would carry extra fuel in case they needed to reverse course quickly.

Hoaxes have proliferated online, with videos of previous eruptions in Indonesia circulated as current events at Mount Agung.

In statement made by National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), it was recorded that activity level of volcano, which is at top level of alarm level in about one week, has been recorded.

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

He said the aid package included 5,000 blankets, 18,230 mattresses, 520,000 masks and 12,000 kilograms of rice. Lava travelled 7.5 kilometres and ash reached Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, about 1,000 kilometres away. Some animals were left unable to fend for themselves, tied up or in cages, according to the NGO-though let it also be noted some people also have refused to evacuate and abandon their livelihoods, their livestock. "My feeling is the mountain will erupt".

President Joko Widodo was expected to visit evacuation centres on Bali later on Tuesday. "The earthquakes are happening less frequently but the magnitude is getting stronger", Gede Suantika, a senior volcanologist at the agency told AFP.

Evacuees, hopeful that Mount Agung doesn't erupt.

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

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