Mt Agung's pending eruption sends more than 75000 Balinese packing

50000 evacuate as Bali volcano swells

50000 evacuate as Bali volcano swells

"Business is getting low since Mount Agung's alert status was raised to the highest level", said Ketut Purnawata, manager of Dasawana Resort, which is in the same district as the volcano, normally popular with tourists and hikers.

Villagers are staying in temporary camps, sports centers, village halls or with friends and relatives.

Jaya, the priest of the village, said: "The climbers did that".

"Numerous residents outside the radius who are not sure have opted to also leave", said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of Indonesia's national disaster management agency (BNPB).

Hundreds of domestic and worldwide flights were disrupted in 2016 when a volcano erupted on Bali's neighboring Lombok island, sending columns of ash and debris into the air.

Here's what we know about the volcano.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and has almost 130 active volcanoes-more than any country in the world.

Scientists recorded more than a thousand tremors in one day, and if they continue at that rate, the volcano could erupt in a matter of hours.

"For example, they have been disobeying the ban for women who have their period to climb Mount Agung", he said, adding many tourists also urinate on the mountain. Lava traveled 7.5 kilometers (4.7 miles) and ash reached Jakarta, about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) away.

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Data has showed that Mount Agung, the highest point of the island, experienced 844 volcanic earthquakes on Monday alone, and 300-400 quakes by midday on Tuesday, he said.

"No eruption. That is my prayer".

The president urged residents to follow official instructions after reports some were reluctant to leave their homes.

In the Central Java town of Yogyakarta, about 500 people gathered at a Hindu temple to pray for the safety of people near the volcano.

As the volcano becomes more and more active, hundreds of small earthquakes are created by the magma rising up through cracks in the Earth's crust.

The mountain, 72km to the northeast of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

The designated airports - in Jakarta, Makassar, Surabaya, Balikpapan, Solo, Ambon, Manado, Praya, Kupang and Banyuwangi - will serve as alternative routes should a volcanic eruption and expected ash cloud force Bali's Ngurah Rai worldwide airport to close.

Indonesia is located on the so-called Pacific Rim of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and geological fault lines surrounding the Pacific Basin.

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