'Tourism unaffected' as 134000 flee Bali volcano threat

Posted October 01, 2017

Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation agency says more than 57,000 people have now fled the surrounds of Mount Agung because of the risk of a major eruption.

A government spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said: "In general the evacuation is going well, the logistics supply is sufficient for the evacuees' needs".

The volcano on Bali, Mount Agung, last erupted in 1963, but with its increased activity, the government is taking no chances.

It last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people. "Ambae volcano is in an ongoing moderate eruption state", a statement from Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department said.

"Also the number of hoaxes on social media [about an eruption] adds to the level of fear felt by many people including people who live in safe zone".

People beyond the designated Bali evacuation zone are also retreating, including many tourists, according to CNN.

In Karangasem district, volunteers were helping with classes for some of the thousands of children whose schools within the exclusion zone around the volcano are now closed.

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"The danger line on the map is not clearly visible on the field, hence many people are afraid", he said. A thin column of smoke can be seen rising from the mountain's summit.

"We've got like 20, 30, 40 shakes where you could feel the earth shaking", Lange, 30, told AFP. Life went on as normal when ash and gravel was falling on us, until the big lava came out and destroyed everything, ' said 82-year-old Gusti Ayu Wati.

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

Volunteers have given out meals for evacuees at a camp for people displaced from homes near an increasingly active volcano on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali.

Over 75,000 residents have been evacuated from near the volcano and fears of an imminent eruption have prompted some travelers to rethink holiday plans.

Data indicate that Mount Agung experienced over 1,000 small earthquakes this week.