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Indonesia ready to divert tourists as Bali volcano rumbles

01 October 2017, 12:10 | Bernice Figueroa

Indonesia: Mt Agung Volcano - Sep 2017

Mount Agung is seen at sunrise from an observation point which is about 12 kilometer away from the volcano in Karangasem Bali Indonesia Thursday Sept. 28 2017. The exodus from the menacing volcano on the Indonesian tourist island is neari

A government spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said: "In general the evacuation is going well, the logistics supply is sufficient for the evacuees' needs".

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of villagers living within a high danger zone that in places extends 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from Mount Agung's crater.

The observation post for Mount Agung witnessed the volcano emitting a small plume most likely of water vapor after daybreak Friday. "Ambae volcano is in an ongoing moderate eruption state", a statement from Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department said.

He said: "The current unrest on Agung may well lead to an eruption, and it will be closely monitored by the Indonesian authorities, who have already taken preventative action by evacuating local populations".

More than 62,000 people live within the danger zone however, anyone living outside the zone have fled.

"Officers continue to sweep the area and are appealing for people to evacuate", he said.


Warnings that Bali's volcano will erupt have sparked an exodus of people and another challenge: what to do with thousands of cows left behind by villagers.

He says more than 560 volcanic earthquakes were recorded on Monday, majority shallow. Life went on as normal when ash and gravel was falling on us, until the big lava came out and destroyed everything, ' said 82-year-old Gusti Ayu Wati. Back then, there was no evacuation plan, people just "ran to save themselves", he said.

The mountain, which sits about 70 kilometers northeast of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

Bali's primary visitor hubs are in the island's south, about 70km from Mount Agung.

The volcanic activity of Mount Agung in Bali has begun to impact tourism in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). Hundreds of domestic and worldwide flights were disrupted in 2016 when a volcano erupted on Bali's neighboring Lombok island, sending columns of ash and debris into the air.

Both countries are evacuating amid fears of imminent volcanic eruptions and they urge several countries, including Australia and Singapore, to issue travel advisories.



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