Bali on high alert as volcanic eruption imminent; thousands evacuated

Close to 80,000 residents have been evacuated from the villages surrounding an active volcano in Bali, which according to official sources, may erupt soon. The alert status was raised to the highest level, meaning an eruption is expected anytime now.

Mount Agung,  located about 50 miles northeast of Kuta, has been on high alert since volcanic activity was detected where gusts of smoke escaped from its top and seismic tremors shook the ground. The last time Mount Agung erupted was in the 1960’s, leading to the death of more than 100 people.

Eruption expected at Mount Agung

 

“Volcanic activity remains high and there are indications of magma rising to the surface and causing tremors,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the National Disaster Management Agency. A 12km (7.5-mile) exclusion zone has been imposed by authorities around the mountain.

 

 

The President Joko Widodo and first lady Iriana Joko Widodo review disaster evacuation site

 

 

Source: Reuters

Greeshma, Team KAGA