Thousands near Bali volcano evacuate

Posted September 29, 2017

The volcano has been at its highest alert level since Friday, sparking the massive exodus of villagers.

So more than fifty years later, when the Indonesian volcano began rumbling once again, the now-grandfather did not hesitate before gathering his family and fleeing to a crowded, makeshift shelter.

People living outside of that zone have also evacuated. "So I chose to get out to save myself with my stuff and my pet", he said, carrying a cage housing a bird.

In case of an eruption, Indonesia plans to divert flights headed for Bali to 10 other airports, including on nearby Lombok and the capital Jakarta.

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The Indonesian island of Bali is being evacuated with a 12km wide exclusion zone in place, scientists have said that 800 tremors have been felt from Mount Agung since Wednesday.

"The total number of tremors has decreased, but if we compare the strength [of tremors] it is definitely increasing", said Gede Suantika, an official at national vulcanology agency.

The numbers of Mount Agung's evacuees continues to increase. Lava spread for several kilometers (miles) and people were also killed by lahars - rivers of water and volcanic debris.

There are reports even the animals have fled the mountain, which is what occurred last time Mount Agung erupted in 1963, killing 1000 people. "Sirens will sound and tell the community the mountain has erupted".

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There are more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, made up of thousands of islands on the "Ring of Fire" of fault lines and volcanoes in the Pacific.

"The principle concerns here are that the volcano can eject volcanic rocks to distances of many kilometers from the crater, and that the volcano could erupt ash and/or emit sulfur dioxide", said Andrews, from the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program.

Mount Agung is among the 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, a vast archipelagic nation with 17,500 islands.

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