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Monday, 27 November 2017

Indonesia Imminent Eruption: Bali volcano alert raised to highest level

Bali's Mount Agung map
Bali's Mount Agung map


About 100,000 people near Bali's Mount Agung have been ordered to evacuate as officials fear a major eruption.

Indonesian authorities have raised the state of alert to its highest level, and expanded the exclusion zone around the rumbling volcano. The island's airport has now closed, leaving thousands stranded in the tourist hotspot.



Authorities say dark gas and ash have been billowing up to 3,400m (11,150ft) above the mountain's summit.
Officials have warned residents to stay away from rock and debris flows known as lahars, which have been spotted flowing down from the mountain.
Mount Agung's volcanic tremors first began in September.

The National Board for Disaster Management raised the alert to level four from 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Sunday) because of "the possibility and imminent risk of disaster".
The volcano was seen emitting "continuous ash puffs" occasionally accompanied by "explosive eruptions" and "weak booms" that could be heard 12km (7 miles) away from the summit.
"The rays of fire are increasingly observed at night. This indicates the potential for a larger eruption is imminent," it said in a statement (in Indonesian) on its Facebook page.


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