Over 134000 fleeing home as Bali volcano may erupt at any moment

Ken Copeland
September 29, 2017

Back then, there was no evacuation plan, people just "ran to save themselves", he said. The increase in tremors suggests an eruption is "imminent", she said.

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

This week Indonesia's national disaster agency has sent face masks, mattresses, blankets and and tents for evacuees, who have also been provided with food.

About 17,000 cattle need to be evacuated from the four Karangasem districts in the red zones of Mt Agung, which would be directly affected in the event of an eruption.

Shelters have opened on the island as thousands within a specified danger zone have been evacuated.

Officials estimate there are at least 30,000 cows within a 12-kilometre radius of the mountain's summit, and efforts to relocate them are ongoing.

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"At night everything was shaking because of the quake, I evacuated on foot through dusty roads", said Nengah Bunter, 70, at another evacuation centre. "There are some who are staying behind because the volcano hasn't erupted yet or because of religious beliefs", said Nugroho.

Elsewhere in the Pacific, all 11,000 residents of the island of Ambae in Vanuatu were evacuated when the Manaro Voui volcano erupted last weekend.

Search and rescue teams on the Island of Bali, Indonesia with Mount Agung in the background. Indonesia, itself, has prepared Jakarta, Banyuwangi, Makassar, Kupang, Balikpapan, Ambon, Surabaya, Manado, Praya, and Solo airports for emergency use, should the situation deteriorate.

The volcano's alert status was raised to the highest level on Friday following a dramatic increase in seismic activity.

Bali attracts millions of holidaymakers yearly to its palm-fringed beaches and an eruption would be a blow to its tourism-dependent economy.

It last erupted in 1963, killing 1,100 people.

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