Locals, animals flee with fears Bali volcano could erupt at anytime

Locals, animals flee with fears Bali volcano could erupt at anytime

Locals, animals flee with fears Bali volcano could erupt at anytime

The Alert Status (Level 4) is still maintained.

The exclusion zone around the mountain extends as far as 7.5 miles from the crater in places.

Recognized as one of the most lovely islands on the planet, Bali is known for the charm and friendliness of its people, as much as for its loveliness, and is the destination for millions of tourists each year.

The Agriculture Ministry's Animal Husbandry and Animal Health Directorate General has set up a joint volcano emergency readiness team, which has been working since Monday to evacuate cattle belonging to residents living in the vicinity of Bali's Mount Agung.

A natural disaster has been declared in parts of Bali with fears the island's largest volcano could erupt at anytime.

Heather Handley, the earth sciences professor from Sydney's Macuquarie University, said that the increased tremors suggest that an eruption is "imminent".

Ash clouds from volcanic eruptions have disrupted tourism in Bali and other parts of Indonesia in recent years.

A series of eruptions at Mount Agung between 1963 and 1964 killed more than 1,000 people and injured hundreds.

Officials hope improved technology and early warnings this time mean a disaster on the scale of 1963 will be averted. Sirens will be sounded if an eruption occurs.

There are more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, made up of thousands of islands on the "Ring of Fire" of fault lines and volcanoes in the Pacific.

The indonesian authorities stand ready to divert the aircraft to its destination of Bali, the island's largest tourist destination of Indonesia, where a volcano could erupt at any time, indicated this Wednesday the minister of Transport.

Another volcano, Mount Sinabung, has been erupting sporadically since 2010, sometimes blasting volcanic ash several kilometres into the air and forcing more than 30,000 to evacuate their villages.

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