Over 144000 evacuated over Bali volcano eruption alert

Nick Sanchez
September 30, 2017

Some have mistaken the volcano in her footage for Mount Agung in Bali, which lies 1,400 miles east and is suspected to imminently erupt, prompting over 81,000 to evacuate.

The disaster agency said more than 144,000 people have now left areas around the volcano, including from places outside the immediate danger zone.

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

Following increase of earthquakes and fumarolic activity in the crater, Indonesia's volcano monitoring agency PVMBG raised the alert level of the volcano, first to 2 on 14 Sep and to 3, the second highest on the 1-4 scale, a few days ago.

Officials estimate there are at least 30,000 cows within a 12-kilometre radius of the mountain's summit, and efforts to relocate them are ongoing.

In addition, visitors to Bali and the local community must continue to comply with the recommendations set by the Government of Indonesia.

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

The observation post for Mount Agung witnessed the volcano emitting a small plume most likely of water vapor after daybreak Friday.

The Mount Agung is seen from the Purahayu village in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia on 27 September 2017. "However, a large eruption may follow", the head of Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVMPG) said.

Elsewhere, the threat of a separate volcanic eruption on the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu prompted authorities on Thursday to order the compulsory evacuation of the entire island of Ambae, home to 11,000 people. Scientists have said the activity suggests magma is moving below the surface and may erupt, but they can't say when or how severe the eruption might be.

"The exact date and time of the eruption can not be predicted, PVMBG will issue a warning when conditions change and if it observes a higher tendency to erupt", he said.

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