100,00 told to evacuate, as alarming seismic activity along with mudflow occurs, scientists confirm the volcano is shifting into magmatic phase which prompts warnings and airport closures.
An eruption of Bali’s Mount Agung could be imminent as Bali’s officials have already evacuated 40,000 people from the area.
On Monday morning, Indonesian scientists confirmed the volcano was shifting into magmatic phase and raised the warning levels to a maximum of 4 on Monday morning.
Mount Agung began spewing Volcanic ash last Tuesday, since then the ash has been spewing at an increasing intensity.
Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency has urged anyone within 8-10 km of Mount Agung to evacuate the area immediately.
“We ask people in the danger zone to evacuate immediately because there’s a potential for a bigger eruption,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the agency.
60,000 people in the danger zone are still yet to evacuate, many farmers have not been able to move their animals yet while many other people feel as though they are safe from the eruption where they are.
Authorities are trying to persuade people to leave voluntarily, however Indonesian authorities may be ordered to evacuate many by force.
The national board for disaster management has stated online that dark gas and ash have been billowing up to 3,400m (11,500ft) above the mountains summit.
“The rays of fire are increasingly observed at night. This indicates the potential for a larger (major) eruption is imminent,”it stated (from Indonesia) on their Facebook page.
In response, Airport officials in Indonesia have cancelled 445 flights, stranding about 59,000 travellers. The closure remains in effect until November 28, in which the closure will be reviewed every six hours.
Some of the flights to and from Bali were cancelled on Saturday and Sunday but the majority of flights operated normally, avoiding the towering ash clouds form the Volcano.
“We now have to find a hotel and spend more of our money that they’re not going to cover us for when we get home,” Said Brandon Olsen, a Canadian tourist stranded at Bali’s airport.