Mount Agung photos: Tens of thousands flee Bali volcano 'about to erupt'

Bali volcano Mount Agung

Shelters have opened on the island as thousands within a specified danger zone have been evacuated.

A villager rides by, with Mount Agung seen in the background, in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Sept. 24, 2017.

The Philippine embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia advised Filipinos traveling to or residing in Bali to remain vigilant as the volcano on the tourist island continues to rumble.

Volcanologists have not been able to predict when exactly volcano will erupt, but the dramatic increase in tremors recently indicates an eruption is imminent.

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

The transportation minister said on Wednesday that Bali-bound flights could be diverted to 10 airports across the country in case of an eruption. "Ambae volcano is in an ongoing moderate eruption state", a statement from Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department said.

Another volcano, Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, has been erupting sporadically since 2010, sometimes blasting volcanic ash several miles into the air and forcing more than 30,000 to evacuate their villages.


This week Indonesia's national disaster agency has sent face masks, mattresses, blankets and tents for evacuees, who have also been provided with food.

More than 134,000 are living in evacuation centers, sleeping on floors and waiting for something to happen.

Local animal husbandry officials are attempting to evacuate the rest but it's slow going partly because of the limited number of trucks available and have removed only about 1,400 so far.

It last erupted in 1963, killing 1,100 people.

"I would definitely be following the advice to stay outside the exclusion zone".

Balinese man watches Mount Agung volcano nearly covered with clouds as he stands at a temple in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

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