Locals, animals flee with fears Bali volcano could erupt at anytime

A natural disaster has been declared in parts of Bali with fears the island’s largest volcano could erupt at anytime.

Nearly 50,000 people have fled their homes near the Mount Agung volcano, with tremors continuing to increase in intensity and frequency.

There are reports even the animals have fled the mountain, which is what occurred last time Mount Agung erupted in 1963, killing 1000 people.


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The Australian Government’s travel advisory and consular information service issued a warning to Aussie travellers on Friday, however according to the ABC, it has not deterred tourists from flying to the Indonesian Island.

“Mount Agung, an active volcano in Karangasem Regency in East Bali, has shown recent increased volcanic activity,” authorities warned on the Smartraveller website.

“Local authorities have temporarily suspended all outdoor activities such as hiking and camping activities in proximity to the crater.

“Monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.

“An eruption of Mount Agung could impact air travel in the region. Contact your airline or tour operator to confirm travel plans. Exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali.”

Flights to and from Bali are continuing, with Denpasar Airport reporting stable passenger numbers despite the fears.

 

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