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Thousands of cows still in Bali volcano zone

29 September 2017, 12:45 | Jenny Fowler

Mount Sinabung seen from Gundaling Hill on Sept. 13 2010

Mount Sinabung seen from Gundaling Hill on Sept. 13 2010

The volcano last erupted in 1963, killing over 1,000 people. "So I chose to get out to save myself with my stuff and my pet", he said, carrying a cage housing a bird.

Indonesia's volcanology agency said the number of people who have been evacuated from their homes in Bali has climbed to almost 100,000 by Wednesday (Sept 27) as fears of an imminent eruption grow.

"At night everything was shaking because of the natural disaster, I evacuated on foot through dusty roads", said Nengah Bunter, 70, at another evacuation centre. "Sirens will sound and tell the community the mountain has erupted". But the great majority of visitors travel to and from Bali by air.

"Bali tourism is safe".

Virgin Australia, which flies to Bali from Australia, said on Wednesday that it was expecting "some delays".

In case of an eruption, Indonesia plans to divert flights headed for Bali to 10 other airports, including on nearby Lombok and the capital Jakarta.

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The Indonesian Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, said that Mount Agung was highly active on Thursday, there was a recording of 125 volcanic earthquakes from 12am to 6am.

Meanwhile, thousands of cows have been left behind by villagers fleeing the volcano.

Officials at an evacuation centre in Klungkung district said 122,490 people had left their homes, taking refuge at almost 500 makeshift shelters or moving in with relatives.

Agung, about 45 miles to the northeast of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, an Indonesian island 2,250km from Bali, has been erupting periodically since 2010, belching a kilometres-high cloud of ash that has forced over 30,000 people to evacuate.

Elsewhere, the threat of a separate volcanic eruption on the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu prompted authorities on Thursday to order the compulsory evacuation of the entire island of Ambae, home to 11,000 people.

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