Pinoys in Bali told to remain vigilant as Mt. Agung rumbles

Sep 29, 2017, 00:22
Pinoys in Bali told to remain vigilant as Mt. Agung rumbles

A series of eruptions at Mount Agung between 1963 and 1964 killed more than 1,000 people and injured hundreds. "So I chose to get out to save myself with my stuff and my pet", he said, carrying a cage housing a bird.

"Instrumentally, we have never recorded such high energy or seismicity from Mount Agung", said seismologist Devy Kamil Syahbana.

Almost 50,000 people have fled the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing an imminent eruption.

The volcano, located in the northeast of the island, has been rumbling since August but the tremors escalated dramatically in recent days. "Sirens will sound and tell the community the mountain has erupted".

The Indonesian Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, said that Mount Agung was highly active on Thursday, there was a recording of 125 volcanic earthquakes from 12am to 6am.

More than 100,000 people have evacuated the area, which has been shaken by as many as 175 tremors in a six-hour period, according to the Express. Bali authorities urged holidaymakers to continue visiting the island.

Nonetheless, travelers should still consider Bali a relatively safe destination.

Meanwhile, thousands of cows have been left behind by villagers fleeing the volcano.

Officials also noted there are around 30,000 cattle within the danger zone around the volcano, and efforts are being made to move the livestock as it is an important source of income for many residents.

Almost five million people visited Bali a year ago - a lot of them from Australia, China and Japan.

A cloud of smoke from Manaro Voui volcano is seen on Vanuatu's northern island Ambae in the South Pacific, September 25, 2017.

Hundreds of domestic and worldwide flights were disrupted in 2016 when a volcano erupted on Bali's neighbouring Lombok island, sending columns of ash and debris into the air.

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