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Bali volcano: 50,000 flee Mount Agung as tremor magnitude intensifies

The Guardian   25 September 2017   Indonesia   bali  

Nearly 50,000 people have been evacuated from their homes amid fears of an imminent volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Mount Agung, 47 miles (75km) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August and threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.

The disaster mitigation agency said 48,540 people had fled and the number was expected to rise because more than 60,000 people lived in the danger zone.

“There are still people who don’t want to be evacuated,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, an agency spokesman, said. “The reason is firstly, the mountain hasn’t erupted yet. Secondly, they are worried about their livestock.”

Officials announced the highest possible alert level on Friday after the increasing volcanic activity, and told people to stay at least 5.6 miles from the crater.

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