6,400 villagers evacuated from Bali volcano
Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency has evacuated as many as 6,400 villagers from seven villages in the immediate vicinity of Mount Agung volcano, after experts warned that the volcano could erupt soon.
Indonesian officials have more than doubled the size of a no-go zone around the volcano on the tourist island, and raised its alert level for the second time in less than a week.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said on Monday that people should stay six kilometers from the crater, and up to 7.5 kilometers away to the north, southeast and south-southwest.
It said the exclusion zone must be empty of all community activities and residents should be prepared to evacuate at short notice.
The agency said there has been a continuing increase in seismic activity, as well as visual observations of 50-meter high blasts from the crater.
Source(s): AP