Rumbling Bali volcano triggers memories of deadly 1963 eruption

Rumbling Bali volcano triggers memories of deadly 1963 eruption

Rumbling Bali volcano triggers memories of deadly 1963 eruption

More than 120,000 people have fled the region around the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing it will soon erupt, an official said Thursday.

Mount Agung is located about 75 km from the tourist hub of Kuta. Aids and donations continue to arrive from various sources, from the central government, local governments, businesses and communities. "I think there are some people that either don't understand, or don't believe, or are just stubborn and don't want to go", said Kenny Peavy, an American expat who fled with his family last Friday.

Authorities are also preparing ferries to help people leave Bali in case air travel is disrupted, Budi Karya said.

Five mobile sirens have been installed in the danger zone to warn residents in the event of an eruption.

Nugroho added: "We've set a target to evacuate 20,000 more cows from the affected areas".

"I would definitely be following the advice to stay outside the exclusion zone".

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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.

Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) said it was the first time in living memory that an island's whole population had been moved because of volcanic activity.

A villager rides by, with Mount Agung seen in the background, in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Sept. 24, 2017. Indonesian authorities declared a state of emergency.

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

Volcanologists have not been able to predict when exactly volcano will erupt, but the dramatic increase in tremors recently indicates an eruption is imminent.

Bali is famous for its beaches and temples and saw almost 5 million visitors past year, mainly from China, Australia, and Japan.

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