BALI - Evacuation Zone - Fear of Volcano Eruption
About 145,000 people on the Indonesian island of Bali have left their homes around Mount Agung, a volcano that is showing signs it could erupt.
The 9,944-foot volcano, the highest mountain on Bali, last erupted in the early 1960s, destroying villages and killing about 1,700 in mudflows and clouds of hot gases, lava fragments and ash.
The authorities have warned people as far as 12 kilometers, or 7.5 miles, from the volcano to leave the area and to seek shelter elsewhere.
Some of those who have fled in recent days are not in the evacuation zone, but they have left out of caution and uncertainty about what areas are at risk, the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management said.
Seismic monitors have recorded a sharp increase in underground activitynear the volcano since mid-September, including a magnitude 4.3 earthquake on Tuesday. Satellites have also detected new steam emissions and thermal areas within the volcano’s crater, and steam clouds can be seen rising above the summit, the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said.
The authorities have supplies for up to a month at 475 camps.