Over 122000 people flee Bali volcano on eruption alert

29 September, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • Evacuee children on a truck as they head off to a temporary school on Sept. 27 2017 in Karangasem regency Bali Indonesia. Indonesian authorities declared a state of emergency as hundreds of tremors are recorded at Bali's Mount Agung volcano and

The exodus from the menacing volcano on the Indonesian tourist island is nearing 100,000 people, a disaster official said Wednesday, as hundreds of tremors from the mountain are recorded daily.

The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said Mount Agung was highly active on Thursday, recording 125 volcanic earthquakes between 12am (1700 GMT) and 6am.

The volcano is in Bali's Karangasem district, which is home to 408,000 people.

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

Numerous evacuees, who set off after the red alert was given on Friday, are sheltering in buildings including temporary camps and sports centres.

In Indonesia, officials have announced the highest possible alert level and warned people to stay at least nine kilometres away from the crater. "So I made a decision to get out to save myself with my stuff and my pet", he said, carrying a bird in a cage. "Sirens will sound and tell the community the mountain has erupted".

"I don't know where my kids will sleep and all I can do now is pray", said Gusti Gege Astana, 40. The United States and Australian governments have issued travel warnings to all those thinking of traveling to Bali. This is official information from the government, which has, itself, evacuated more than 80,000 residents from the immediate area.

Anticipating an eruption, the indonesian authorities are planning to divert the flights to Bali to ten other airports, including on the neighbouring island of Lombok, but also to the capital Jakarta, on the island of Java.

Agung, about 45 miles to the northeast of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

Another volcano, Mount Sinabung, has been erupting sporadically since 2010, sometimes blasting volcanic ash several kilometres into the air and forcing more than 30,000 to evacuate their villages.


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