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Over 144000 evacuated over Bali volcano eruption alert

30 September 2017

The volcano is one of over 1000 now active across Indonesia. Both Mount Agung and Manaro volcano are now at level 4 on the volcano alert scale, the highest level on the Indonesian volcano alert scale and the second highest level on Vanuatu's scale.

Just like Mount Agung, Mount Sinabung lies on the Ring of Fire, a belt around the Pacific Ocean containing 75 percent of the Earth's active volcanoes.

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

"The latest information of Mount Agung's activity can be obtained through web and smart phone applications issued by PVMBG, that is, "Magma Indonesia" (magma.vsi.esdm.go.id) and through Google Playstore", he said. The last eruption killed almost 1,600 people.

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These abnormal activities led to the heightened alert status and warnings for residents who live on the volcano to seek safety elsewhere.

Villager Wayan Sudarma, who still returns to the danger zone to help evacuate cattle, says, "We don't know what's going to happen".

But Devy was quick to point out that this does not mean the possibility of an eruption has disappeared.

"If an eruption does occur, it is most likely to be small at first".

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The BNPB had said on September 21 that the current tremors were similar to those that occurred before Mount Agung erupted in 1963, which lasted nearly a year and killed over 1,100 people. "However, a large eruption may follow", the head of Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVMPG) said.

This level of explosivity has not been seen in Indonesia since the eruption of Mount Lokon in 2011.

Meanwhile, based on Remote Sensing of satellite, it detected the emission of white smoke (steam) and a new hot area in the summit crater of Mount Agung.

In addition, visitors to Bali and the local community must continue to comply with the recommendations set by the Government of Indonesia. A level 4 means the volcanoes could erupt within 24 hours.

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Over 144000 evacuated over Bali volcano eruption alert