Bali: Over 134000 evacuated as 'increasingly active' volcanoes continue to rumble

Bali volcano Mount Agung

The number of evacuees has risen to more than 134,000 in Bali resort island of Indonesia as a volcano could imminently erupt, a disaster agency official said on Thursday.

"I would definitely be following the advice to stay outside the exclusion zone", said Heather Handley, an assistant Earth sciences professor at Sydney's Macquarie University.

The volcano last erupted in 1963, killing over 1,000 people. Aids and donations continue to arrive from various sources, from the central government, local governments, businesses and communities.

"It is hard for residents to determine their real positions in terms of their proximity to Mount Agung".

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As the Bali volcano nears a devastating eruption - which an expert has warned could kill in seconds - authorities have swooped to get residents out the area.

Agung, about 45 miles to the northeast of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

People living outside of that zone have also evacuated.

The Southeast Asian archipelago lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

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Meanwhile, thousands of cows have been left behind by villagers fleeing the volcano.

The worldwide airport of Denpasar, Bali's capital city, which welcomes every year millions of tourists, is not affected for the time being.

Volcanologists have not been able to predict when exactly volcano will erupt, but the dramatic increase in tremors recently indicates an eruption is imminent.

The Australian Government's travel advisory and consular information service issued a warning to Aussie travellers on Friday, however according to the ABC, it has not deterred tourists from flying to the Indonesian Island.

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That they're showing signs of erupting at the same time is pure coincidence, said Benjamin Andrews, of the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program.


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