Volcanos ready to erupt in Bali and Vanuatu

by Garry Watts October 1, 2017, 0:07
Volcanos ready to erupt in Bali and Vanuatu

More than 75,000 people have fled the surrounding area, and local officials say the volcano could erupt in "a matter of hours".

The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said tremors were increasing and it had recorded 480 between 12am and 12pm on Wednesday.

The last time Mount Agung volcano erupted in Bali, a stream of molten lava flattened teenage Gusti Nyoman Dauh's home, while cascading ash, rocks and hot gas killed 1,600 of his neighbours.

In Karangasem district, volunteers were helping with classes for some of the thousands of children whose schools within the exclusion zone around the volcano are now closed.

Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said around 135,000 people are now registered with evacuation centres.

Elsewhere in the Pacific, all 11,000 residents of the island of Ambae in Vanuatu were evacuated when the Manaro Voui volcano erupted last weekend.

The airport in Bali's capital Denpasar, through which millions of foreign tourists pass every year, has not been affected.

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Nengah Bunter now 70, was among those who witnessed the disaster in 1963, he has been evacuated amid the fears of an "imminent" eruption.

"Back then we weren't evacuated until it got really unsafe".

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

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.

Some tourists, however, were having second thoughts about their holiday plans after several countries, including Singapore and Australia, issued travel advisories warning of the risk from the volcano.

The volcano, on the island of Bali less than 50 miles from the resort of Kuta, showed unprecedented levels of internal seismic activity this week.

"I am representing the Ministry of Transportation in expressing our deep concern and empathy to everyone being displaced from their homes due to the potential eruption of Mount Agung".


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