In wake of the possible eruption of Mount Agung volcano in the Indonesian island of Bali, close to 144,000 people have been evacuated. Tourists with plans to visit the volcanic island of Bali may be left stranded as warnings to the maximum level of four have been raised about an imminent eruption of Mount Agung volcano.

The situation in one of the most popular tourist destinations is being monitored very closely as there have been reports of increasing tremors occurring in the region.

Experts say it is impossible to predict if the 3,031 metre high volcano will erupt or not, but that there was a greater possibility of an eruption.

The people who have been evacuated have been housed in hundreds of shelters across nine districts on the island. A 12-km radius exclusion zone was set up around the volcano and the alert level for possible eruption was cranked up to the maximum 4 on September 22.

An updated warning by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs say that if an eruption takes place, it can also impact air travel in the region.

There are reports that monkeys, snakes and other animals are also leaving the mountain and adjacent area to Mount Agung. The movement of the animals can be taken as a big sign of a possibility of a volcano eruption. The last volcanic eruption where more than 1000 people died was reported in 1963. Reports say the volcano is still active with a large and very deep crater which occasionally emit smoke and ash.

Indonesia is home to more than 400 volcanoes, of which at least 127 are active and 65 are classified as dangerous.

 

First Published | 29 September 2017 9:46 PM
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