120Ks flee Bali’s Mt Agung over eruption fears

Nearly 120,000 people have fled from the area around Mount Agung in Bali. The Indonesian government says it is highly likely that the volcano will erupt soon.

Officials at Indonesia’s disaster management agency have reported an increase in the number of volcanic temblors and a build-up of magma. They say a 50-meter column of smoke was observed above the volcano’s crater.

Indonesian authorities have raised the eruption alert for Mount Agung to the highest level of 4 and imposed an exclusion zone extending 9 to 12 kilometers from the crater.

The government announced on Thursday that about 122,000 residents have already evacuated.

An accommodation facility on the slopes of Mt Agung has also been closed.

The volcano is a sacred mountain for Hindus. The last eruption in 1963 left more than 1,000 people dead.

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