Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Bali Volcano: More than 1,44000 people evacuated in wake of an eruption

More than 130,000 flee volcano on Bali island amid eruption fears More than 130,000 flee volcano on Bali island amid eruption fears
Melody Ballard | 30 September, 2017, 15:51

Volcanologists already raised the threat level to 4-the highest possible level-on September 22.

Across the past week, temporary accomodation has been established with tents, government buildings and school gyms ar temporary accomodation set up for 104,000 people in Bali alone.

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

The people who have been evacuated have been housed in hundreds of shelters across nine districts on the island.

Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung erupted on Wednesday, Sept. 27, billowing smoke as high as 1.5 miles, the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre reported.

The disaster mitigation agency's command post in Bali said the number of evacuees has swelled to about 134,200 by Thursday evening. "Volcanic earthquakes are estimated to be below the crater to a depth of 20 km from the top of the volcano", Kasbani said.

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Around 10,000 animals have also been evacuated from the flanks of the volcano.

"The danger line on the map is not clearly visible on the field, hence many people are afraid", he said.

Villagers watch Mount Agung from an observation point which is about 12 kilometres away from the volcano in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian authorities declared a state of emergency.

"Gassing. for some volcanoes is normal, but for Mount Agung, it's different", Devy told Kyodo News, referring to gases released by active, or in some cases dormant, volcanoes.

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. At any rate, it could occur now any time and people in the vicinity should be on alert. But it was in 1963 that a major eruption killed 1,549 people, with cold lava triggered by heavy rain later claiming another 200 lives, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

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