Bali Eruption Imminent As Aussie Travellers Flock To Bali

50000 evacuate as Bali volcano swells

It said the number fleeing their homes had increased as fears grow that the mountain could blow. "But it can not be predicted when it will happen", Mr Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said.

Experts say the level of seismic activity now occurring at Mount Agung have reached a record high, leading to extreme precautionary measures being taken by the Island's governor.

Thousands are living in temporary shelters after a 12km exclusion zone was set up around the mountain. It was also confirmed through thermal imaging techniques, which detect increasing heat from the volcano. We don't know what to expect such as earth tremors and earthquakes which we have been told to expect.

The people of Bali, worldwide NGOS and the local government began to send emergency assistance. The other parts of Bali are safe, according to local authorities.

I Ketut Subandi, head of logistics at the village of Tana Ampo, said basic food items like rice, instant noodles, cooking oil and water were most needed.

"For Agung we have no instrumental documentation", said Syahbana.

Pemerintah Provinsi Bali, Indonesia's national disaster agency, urged holidaymakers to "continue visiting Bali" in a letter claiming it was "business as usual".

The central government has a relief fund totalling almost $150 million to meet the cost of natural disasters, which could be tapped in case of an eruption.

Villagers began leaving in the middle of last week and the number of evacuees has swollen daily since Friday, when the volcano's alert status was raised to the highest level.

Agung is in the north of the island about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the tourist hotspot of Kuta.

Meanwhile, several other countries including Australia and the U.S. have been issuing travel warnings alerting holidaymakers to the risk.

"At present, there is no visible ash cloud and therefore flights are planned to operate as scheduled". In case of eruption, the authorities' contingency plan includes rerouting flights to five regional airports, including those in the cities of Surabaya and Yogjakarta in Java, ABC News Australia reported. It was operating normally on Wednesday.

Officials have warned that Mount Agung in eastern Bali could erupt at any time, prompting several countries including Australia and Singapore to issue travel advisor for one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

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