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Mount Agung continues to rumble as evacuations ramp up

Mount Agung continues to rumble as evacuations ramp up

"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", Agence France-Presse reports.

Indonesia has almost 130 active volcanoes along the Pacific Ring of Fire - more than any other country in the world. The volcano is now on the highest alert level and an exclusion zone of nine kilometers as been set from the crater.

The volcano remained active for around a year.

Evacuees are taking shelter at more than 370 sites across the island that include temporary camps, sport centers, village halls and the houses of friends and relatives.

Local authorities reassured tourists that it was not risky to visit the island, and Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport continued to operate normally. Lava traveled 4.7 miles and ash reached Jakarta, about 620 miles away. Some animals were left unable to fend for themselves, tied up or in cages, according to the NGO-though let it also be noted some people also have refused to evacuate and abandon their livelihoods, their livestock.

The country of thousands of islands is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation raised the alarm on Friday. "My feeling is the mountain will erupt".

Air Force helicopter Superpuma will take Jokowi to Klungkung on Tuesday at noon after he wraps up a visit to Buleleng regency to distribute land certificates to people in Buleleng, the Palace said in a press release. That event was preceded by an increased frequency in earthquakes.

Gunung Agung last erupted in 1963-1964, killing approximately 1,500 people.

Tremors around Bali's Mount Agung have been steadily increasing, indicating an even higher chance of an eruption. However, it was 10 times smaller than Mount Agung's 1963 eruption.

(CNN) - Bali is on volcano watch amid rumblings from Mount Agung and warnings that it could erupt at any time.


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