Indonesians prepare for eruption of Mount Agung volcano

29 September, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Bali volcano Mount Agung

More than 122,000 people have already fled their homes in fear, many of them from within a 12km exclusion zone, since the Indonesian authorities issued the highest possible alert warning last week.

Mount Agung, a volcano on the highest alert level, is seen from Kubu, on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia, on Wednesday.

"At night everything was shaking because of the quake, I evacuated on foot through dusty roads", said Nengah Bunter, 70, at another evacuation centre.

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

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"It is hard for residents to determine their real positions in terms of their proximity to Mount Agung".

The mount Agung, at a little more than 3,000 meters of altitude and located about 75 kilometers of the main tourist destinations of Kuta and Seminyak, growls since the month of August and could erupt for the first time in more than a half-century.

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

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.

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Meanwhile, thousands of cows have been left behind by villagers fleeing the volcano.

Indonesia is the world's most active volcanic region with 127 active volcanoes.

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

Both volcanoes sit on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of intense seismic activity that stretches 40,000 kilometers (25,000 miles) from New Zealand to South America.

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Volcanologists say the past week's dramatic escalation in tremors indicates an eruption is more likely than not, but they can't say with certainty when it will happen.

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