Bali volcano: Indonesia Fears Imminent Mt Agung Eruption

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One of the difficulties in predicting the likelihood and timing of an eruption on Agung is that monitoring of the volcano began only after the 1963 eruption. In 1963, the last time Agung blew its top, some 1,100 people died.

Hundreds of domestic and global flights were disrupted in 2016 when a volcano erupted on Bali's neighbouring Lombok island, sending up columns of ash and debris.

Just yesterday, we reported that Bali's Mount Agung is on the verge of eruption.

The increased frequency of tremors shows the magma continuing to move towards the surface, with the mountain entering a "critical phase", the spokesman said.

Villagers are staying in temporary camps, sports centers, village halls or with friends and relatives.

Indonesia's national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters on Monday that "volcanic activity is increasing, and tremors are being becoming more frequent".

"The President's assistance came in various forms of goods worth more than IDR7, 1 billion", said Director General of Social Protection and Security Harry Hikmat from Jakarta, Tuesday.

It is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.


Other volcanoes in Indonesia that have erupted more recently offer a greater wealth of data for seismologists to compare and assess. Some experts have warned that an eruption is likely imminent.

Tarsisia Ni Nyoman Juliarti told ucanews.com that she and her family fled their home in Padangkerta, in Karangasem district on September 23 "because we fear an eruption".

Almost 60,000 people have fled their homes near the volcano since the government issued a red alert - the highest level of warning - on Friday.

"This morning we were anxious because we had limited rice supply, but now we have received more rice stocks from donors", Subandi said.

Many tourists in region with a high risk of explosion had to cut off holidays on island of Bali.

Bali's Ngurah Rai global airport, which is about 76km from the volcano, remains open, with flights running as normal on Tuesday.

The airport in Bali's capital Denpasar, through which millions of foreign tourists pass every year, has not been affected, but several countries such as Australia and Singapore have put out a travel advisory.

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