Rumbling Bali volcano triggers memories of deadly 1963 eruption

29 September, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
  • 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 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.

Mount Agung, 75 kilometres from the resort hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August and threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963 - a potential blow to the country's lucrative tourism industry.

Mount Agung, a volcano on Indonesia's vacation island Bali, is expected to erupt, sparking an exodus of almost 100,000 people from its vicinity.

Local animal husbandry officials are attempting to evacuate the rest but it's slow going partly because of the limited number of trucks available and have removed only about 1,400 so far.

As the Bali volcano nears a devastating eruption - which an expert has warned could kill in seconds - authorities have swooped to get residents out the area.

This week Indonesia's national disaster agency has sent face masks, mattresses, blankets and tents for evacuees, who have also been provided with food.

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Almost 50,000 people have fled their homes near the Mount Agung volcano, with tremors continuing to increase in intensity and frequency. "There are some who are staying behind because the volcano hasn't erupted yet or because of religious beliefs", said Nugroho.

Search and rescue teams on the Island of Bali, Indonesia with Mount Agung in the background.

The Manaro Voui volcano, which last erupted in 2005, sent up a plume of steam and ash over the weekend, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency.

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

It last erupted in 1963, spewing ash, gas, rock and miles of lava, killing more than 1,100 people and destroying numerous homes.

The global airport of Denpasar, Bali's capital city, which welcomes every year millions of tourists, is not affected for the time being.


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