Saturday 20 January 2018

Ashcloud fears as volcano is expected to 'erupt at any time'

This general view shows Mount Agung volcano in the Kubu subdistrict of Karangasem Regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 26, 2017.
This general view shows Mount Agung volcano in the Kubu subdistrict of Karangasem Regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 26, 2017.
KARANGASEM, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 25: A view of mount Agung on September 25, 2017 in Karangasem regency, Island of Bali, Indonesia.

Nyimas Laula

Holidaymakers in Indonesia are being warned volcanic ash clouds could cause flight disruption amid fears of an imminent eruption on the tourist island of Bali.

More than 57,000 people have fled the danger zone, which extends up to 7.5 miles from Mount Agung's crater, after authorities raised its alert status to the highest level on Friday.

The volcano, 45 miles to the north-east of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, last erupted in 1963, killing 1,100 people.

Thee National Disaster Management Authority for Indonesia's volcanic alert level indicates "an eruption is possible in the next 24 hours".

"The latest analysis indicates that Mount Agung's seismic energy is increasing and has the potential to erupt," the National Vulcanology Centre said in a statement.

"However, no one can predict exactly when there will be an eruption," it added.

Thousands of evacuees were being housed in makeshift shelters including town halls and school gyms and tents in villages around the volcano, and authorities expect the numbers to climb.

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