120K flee imminent Bali volcano eruption

Jay Jacobs
September 30, 2017

Across the past week, temporary accomodation has been established with tents, government buildings and school gyms ar temporary accomodation set up for 104,000 people in Bali alone.

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

They are staying in almost 500 makeshift shelters in nine districts and some have crossed the Lombok Strait to take refuge in the neighbouring island of Lombok.

Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG), Geological Agency at Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on Friday recorded volcanic earthquakes in Mount Agung (Gunung Agung), Bali still show a high number.

"In general the evacuation is going well, the logistics supply is sufficient for the evacuees' needs", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the agency spokesman, said Thursday.

Around 10,000 animals have also been evacuated from the flanks of the volcano. New cracks and warm areas in the crater have been detected on satellite imagery and the level of degassing has also increased, now often creating a plume of 50-200 m above the volcano.

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"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.

Villager Wayan Merta, who lived just 6 kilometers (4 miles) from the crater, said he sold his family's cattle "because we thought it was better than leaving them there for nothing". Indonesian authorities declared a state of emergency.

Ambae island's 11,000 residents have been evacuated by boat and helicopter.

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.

The volcano last erupted in 1964.

"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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