120K flee imminent Bali volcano eruption

120K flee imminent Bali volcano eruption

120K flee imminent Bali volcano eruption

Vulcanologist Devy Kamil Syahbana came from the centre in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung soon after the 3,142 metre volcano showed signs of anomalous activity.

The volcano is one of over 1000 now active across Indonesia.

Just like Mount Agung, Mount Sinabung lies on the Ring of Fire, a belt around the Pacific Ocean containing 75 percent of the Earth's active volcanoes.

The volcano last erupted in 1964. According to news articles, more than 150,000 people have so far been evacuated from areas within 12 km radius of the volcano and authorities are very busy disseminating information and preparing for the possible eruption, including installing warning sirens in some of the densest populated places.

"The latest information of Mount Agung's activity can be obtained through web and smart phone applications issued by PVMBG, that is, "Magma Indonesia" (magma.vsi.esdm.go.id) and through Google Playstore", he said.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency estimates 30,000 head of cattle are in the danger zone around Mount Agung.

Volcanic activity has now ratcheted up over the last month or so, building to hundreds of tremors on September 24.

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But Devy was quick to point out that this does not mean the possibility of an eruption has disappeared.

While scientists generally attribute eruptions to movement in tectonic plates, with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions tending to occur in clusters, a local holy man has another theory.

Agung, which dominates the landscape in the northeast of the island, last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,100 people.

This level of explosivity has not been seen in Indonesia since the eruption of Mount Lokon in 2011.

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

Despite the danger, some people living on the slopes of the volcano have refused to leave their villages, saying they will only flee if the volcano erupts and believing they would have enough time to escape.

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