Fear of volcanic eruption on Bali island, Indonesia, prompted for evacuation

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volcano recorded 676 tremors on Thursday. Dr Syahbana, the head of volcano mitigation for eastern Indonesia, said the tremors were coming from inside the volcano. Officials previously ordered an evacuation zone around the 3,000m-high Mount Agung volcano. Mount Agung is a popular hiking destination for tourists. It last erupted more than 50 years ago, killing at least 1,000 people. 6,000 people have been moved for safety reasons so far and more would follow. Indonesia straddles the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, where several tectonic plates meet and cause 90% of the world’s seismic activity, according to the US Geological Survey. A travel advisor was issued for Bali.

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The most likely initial impact of a big eruption is the closure of the island’s airport. However, there is another possibility: “We’re not even sure this volcano will erupt. It’s possible for the magma to be exhausted and for this crisis to end. That’s the possibility we’re hoping for,” specialists said. Bali has spectacular beaches Kuta, Nusa Dua and Seminyak, mountains covered in lush forests, wet rice fields and beautiful vegetation. Bali attractions also comprise historical sites and a range of museums and art galleries.

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