Thousands Evacuated Near Bali Volcano Over Eruption Fears

Thousands evacuated as Bali volcano spews ominous smoke 3,000 meters high

Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano on the island of Bali to the highest level, and up to 30,000 villagers have left their homes around the mountain, officials said on Friday.

Tremors have been reported, and there are indications that magma is rising to the surface, the officials say.

Almost 10,000 residents whose homes are on the slopes of Mount Agung have left as experts predict an increased risk of an eruption.

"There should be zero public activity within the specified radius in case there is an eruption".

The number of people fleeing from risky areas rose to almost 10,000 on Friday as a volcano could erupt at any time in Bali resort island of Indonesia, a senior official said here.

While there is more seismic activity, it's hard to determine when an eruption may occur. Officials say almost 10,000 people have been evacuated from the area and more evacuations are expected.

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Since the threat was initially raised to a level 3 on Monday, at least 11,300 villagers living around the volcano have been officially evacuated to temporary shelters, sport centers, village halls or to the homes of other relatives, according to the Associated Press.

It has been many years since the 9,944-foot volcano erupted.

The volcano Agung, about 75 kilometres from the tourist town of Kuta, growls since the month of August, and the authorities have recommended people to stay more than nine kilometres of its crater.

A man observes the Mount Agung with binoculars at a viewing point in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, told Anadolu Agency that people within a radius of up to 7.5 kilometers (5 miles) had voluntarily left since Thursday. (AAP) Residents stay at a temporary shelter as they evacuate from a risky area.

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