Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Travel warning issued for Bali as volcano threatens to erupt

Travel warning issued for Bali as volcano threatens to erupt

Thousands have left their Bali, Indonesia homes in the area surrounding the #Mount Agung #volcano on Friday, with warnings of an imminent eruption.

According to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 676 tremors were recorded Thursday by seismic monitoring equipment located on the volcano.

The tremors started since August but now the frequency and the intensity have increased and the experts believe that it is not so long when the volcano will erupt.

An evacuation centre at the town of Klungkung has already accommodated 3,400 people and more are expected to arrive. After the alert, numerous people living near the Bali have left their homes to be safe even if the volcanic eruption takes place. It's a popular spot for hikers and travelers and houses one of Bali's most prominent temples, Pura Besakih, which was narrowly spared from destruction in a 1963 eruption that killed 1,100 people and spewed ash six miles in the air. A spokeswoman for Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd. said its meteorology team was monitoring activity but services had not been affected. It said New Zealanders should reconfirm travel arrangements before heading to the airport. "My best advice is to stay close to your travel agent as they will be able to keep you informed as events unfold". The tremor was 29km deep. There is also a huge demand for public toilets.

Thousands of villagers on the Indonesian resort island of Bali huddled Saturday in temporary shelters, sports centers and with relatives, fearing Mount Agung will erupt for the first time in more than half a century.

In addition, said Chief PVMBG Kasbani, there should be no tourists or community activities within the predetermined radius, in order to anticipate the worst things that are likely to happen. Authorities would like to avoid the level of disaster that eruption brought.

Arculus said the ability to predict eruptions had improved dramatically and it was hoped the high death toll of 1963 would not occur again. It hurled ash as high as 10 kilometers.

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