More Than 130000 Flee Menacing Bali Volcano

Nichole Vega
September 29, 2017

General view of the Mount Agung in Bali, which threatens to explode on Friday 22 September 2017.

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

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. On the surface, a low emission of white smoke above the volcano is visible.

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, an Indonesian island 2,250km from Bali, has been erupting periodically since 2010, belching a kilometres-high cloud of ash that has forced over 30,000 people to evacuate.

He added that other units from the joint team were scouting locations where temporary cattle pens could be built, while identifying local sources of food and water for the cattle.

Those fleeing their homes included villagers who lived outside an exclusion zone of 12 kilometres from the volcano, said Gede Sumartana, an official at an emergency post dealing with the dislaced in Karangasem district.

"It's been six days since we are here, we want to go home", said Wayan, 65, who like many Indonesians only goes by one name.

Officials have said that 122,490 people have left in fear and there are 500 makeshift shelters, the government said that they were prepared despite the rise in people evacuating the area. More than 1,700 people were killed and many villages destroyed.

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

The 3,031-metre Mount Agung last erupted for nearly a year in 1963 to 1964, killing about 1,200 people.

Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is the second-busiest in the country, after Jakarta's main international airport.

The Indonesian Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, said that Mount Agung was highly active on Thursday, there was a recording of 125 volcanic earthquakes from 12am to 6am.

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