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Mount Agung continues to rumble as evacuations ramp up

Mount Agung continues to rumble as evacuations ramp up

A view of Bali's Mount Agung on September 25.

Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people.

Some villagers are reluctant to leave their crops and livestock.

Here's some advice for travelers.

"There will only be a relatively small number of United Kingdom holidaymakers on the island at this time of year, although Bali is a major tourist destination for the Australian market".

As of Tuesday, at least 57,428 people had fled their homes in danger zones in Bali and were now taking refuge in 357 shelters set up by local government's in nine regencies and municipalities, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Travelers should stay away from the exclusion zone and check with their airline or travel agency before traveling.

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Trekking tours on the mountain have been cancelled by operators but officials have otherwise been at pains to assure tourists the island is safe. Tourists visiting Bali should remain vigilant about the situation as a possible eruption probably will affect flight availability to and from Bali's airport due to ash plumes.

How close is it to holiday destinations?

Mount Agung, which is more than 3,000m above sea level, lies in the eastern part of Bali.

Bali's artistic hub, the small town of Ubud, is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Mount Agung.

As the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program reminds us, "A VEI 5 eruption during 1963-64 produced pyroclastic flows and lahars that caused extensive damage and resulted in more than 1,100 deaths".

Tremors around Bali's Mount Agung have been steadily increasing, indicating an even higher chance of an eruption.

How likely is an eruption? "This ensures that if an eruption occurs while the aircraft is en route, we will be able to get guests back to their originating port safely and quickly", the airline said in a travel alert.

Singaporean Monica Goh - who arrived for a five-day holiday in Bali with friends on Saturday (Sept 23), a day after the alert level was raised to the highest level - said she was not too anxious about any possible eruption.


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