Agung Volcano in Bali Threatens to Erupt

Agung Volcano in Bali Threatens to Erupt

Last time the volcano erupted in 1963 it continued to spew ash for a year.

However, Indonesia's National Board for Disaster Management said the danger zone around the volcano was "dynamic" and could change at any time.

"The PVMBG Emergency Response Team found [volcanic] ash, however, the intensity of the ash [falling on the villages] is still light", head of mitigation sub-directorate at PVMBG, Devi Kemal, said on Tuesday evening.

"There is already ash fall".

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They told locals to remain calm and not to panic.

At one stage, after authorities put Agung's alert status at the highest level of four in September, more than 130,000 people left their homes.

Agung has been rumbling intermittently since August.

There has been no change to an evacuation zone around the volcano, which extends between 6-7.5 kilometres from the summit.

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Eruptions could result in ash clouds that could "severely disrupt air travel", it said.

The volcano, which is located 75km from the resort hub of Kuta, last erupted in 1963, killing almost 1,600 people. The alert level was lowered to three on October 29.

There have been no reports of flight cancellations, although Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is urging its citizens not to travel to Bali unless it is completely essential.

Indonesia lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent volcanic and seismic activities.

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Flights have not been affected so far, but officials have estimated that concerns about an eruption over the past few months have cost the island at least $110 million in lost tourism and productivity as many locals moved to shelters.

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