JAKARTA, INDONESIA (SEPTEMBER 25, 2017) (REUTERS) – Nearly 50,000 residents in Bali have evacuated amid fears that Mount Agung could erupt imminently, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency on Monday (September 25).
While Indonesian authorities raced to evacuate those living in the “danger zone”, the news prompted several countries to issue travel warnings. Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States and the U.K. issued advisories on Monday and at the weekend warning that increased volcanic activity at Mount Agung in eastern Bali could disrupt flights at one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
Indonesian authorities have imposed a 12-km (7.5 miles) exclusion zone around the crater and urged the public to remain calm.
Indonesia, which sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, has nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country. Many Indonesians live near volcanoes because lava flows can make the surrounding soil and land fertile for farming.