Indonesians prepare for eruption of Mount Agung volcano

Indonesians prepare for eruption of Mount Agung volcano

Indonesians prepare for eruption of Mount Agung volcano

Heather Handley, earth sciences professor at Sydney's Macquarie University, said the increase of tremors from Mount Agung suggests an eruption is imminent.

It last erupted in 1963, killing about 1100 people.

Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nguroho said the chances of an eruption are "quite big", although experts can't predict when with certainty.

Around 10,000 animals have also been evacuated from the flanks of the volcano.

Nyoman Parwata, an official at the disaster mitigation agency's command post in Bali, said the number of evacuees has swelled to about 122,500.

Kasbani, head volcanologist said: "If we look at the magnitude, it continues to increase, yesterday we also felt several quakes with the magnitude of three on the Richter scale".

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.

Arrivals at the worldwide airport in Denpasar remain stable at about 50,000 to 60,000 per day.

Nengah Bunter was among those who witnessed the disaster and has been evacuated amid fresh fears of an eruption.

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"If my house is destroyed I don't know how to restart my life".

"We've got like 20, 30, 40 shakes where you could feel the earth shaking", Lange, 30, told AFP.

Students queue for a meal at an evacuee camp outside the Mount Agung volcano in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

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

The volcanic activity of Mount Agung in Bali has begun to impact tourism in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).

Officials say tourists on Bali, which had almost 5 million visitors previous year, are not in danger but they have prepared evacuation plans if an eruption forces the closure of the island's global airport.

Ngurah Rai International Airport remains open but is on alert in case of ash disruption, and there are plans to bus people to other airports, if needed.

The towering volcano's peak is the single highest point on the Pacific island of Bali, standing at 3,031 m (9,944 ft) tall.

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