Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Exodus from Bali volcano nears 100000 as tremors intensify

Bali volcano Mount Agung GETTYBali volcano Officials assure tourists that they are safe
Javier Burns | 29 September, 2017, 00:40

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advised Filipinos living in or travelling to Bali in Indonesia to exercise caution in the light of increased volcanic activity in Mount Agung.

Mount Agung is among the 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, a vast archipelagic nation with 17,500 islands.

Of course, Indonesia, with more than 100 active volcanoes, is no stranger to preparing for the increased seismic activity.

"They are afraid of being hit in case of an eruption, " he said.

On Wednesday, a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) aerial survey found "huge columns of smoke, ash and volcanic rocks billowing from the crater of an erupting volcano" on the island, according to a press release from the agency. "Ambae volcano is in an ongoing moderate eruption state", a statement from Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department said.

While there are plentiful stocks of food, water, medicines, and other supplies, evacuees fear they are in for a long wait that could disrupt their livelihoods.

Australia was also funding surveillance flights over the volcanoes on Ambae and nearby Ambrym island, it added.

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Indonesian officials say tourists are in no danger from Mount Agung, and there are ample attractions outside of the danger zone surrounding the volcano. He evacuated with this elderly mother, wife, children and young grandchild to the Swecapura sports arena.

Mount Agung erupted in 1963 and killed more than 1,000 people.

Officials at an evacuation centre in Klungkung district said 122,490 people had left their homes, taking refuge at almost 500 makeshift shelters or moving in with relatives.

As many as 134,229 people are displaced in Badung regency spread out in 15 points (5,879 people), Bangli regency 30 points (6,158 people), Buleleng regency 26 points (16,901 people), Denpasar City 51 points (11,036 people), Gianyar regency 16 points (12,084 people), Jembrana regency 29 points (420 people), Karangasem regency 122 points (49,575 people), Klungkung regency 173 dots (27,395 people), and.

"The total number of tremors has decreased, but if we compare the strength [of tremors] it is definitely increasing", said Gede Suantika, an official at national vulcanology agency.

Mount Agung, a volcano on Indonesia's vacation island Bali, is expected to erupt, sparking an exodus of almost 100,000 people from its vicinity.

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