Bali Volcano Eruption May Occur in a 'Matter of Hours'

Bali Volcano Eruption May Occur in a 'Matter of Hours'

Bali Volcano Eruption May Occur in a 'Matter of Hours'

The mountain, 72 kilometres (45 miles) to the northeast of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

People are classing the danger zone as a ring of up to 12kms (7.5 miles) from the crater.

In a statement on its website it said an increase in the frequency of the tremors indicated magma was moving towards the surface, and that the "number of quake events is greater than ever".

On Monday, Mount Agung was shaken by 844 volcanic earthquakes, indicating that magma is moving quickly upwards.

More than 75,000 people have been evacuated from the area around Mount Agung on Bali amid fears of an imminent eruption, the Indonesian disaster agency has said. In case of eruption, the authorities' contingency plan includes rerouting flights to five regional airports, including those in the cities of Surabaya and Yogjakarta in Java, ABC News Australia reported.

Indonesia's national disaster agency has dispatched 640,000 face masks, 12,500 mattresses, 8,400 blankets, 50 tents, and has a budget of $75,000 for assistance.

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The 3,031-metre Mount Agung last erupted for nearly a year between 1963 and 1964, killing about 1,200 people.

Thousands are living in temporary shelters, sport centres, village halls and with relatives or friends. The volcano is now on the highest alert level and an exclusion zone of nine kilometers as been set from the crater.

Emeritus Professor Richard John Arculus from the Australian National University wrote that although infrequent, eruptions of Mount Agung have been among the largest of the past 100 years of global volcanic activity.

Indonesia is made of thousands of islands and is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes, what geologists call seismic upheaval.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is scheduled to deliver humanitarian aid to Mount Agung evacuees during his visit to Bali on Tuesday. "The earthquakes are happening less frequently but the magnitude is getting stronger", Gede Suantika, a senior volcanologist at the agency told AFP.

Working to evacuate and feed the animals along with JAAN is Bali NGO, BARC, as well as Animals Indonesia.

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