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Warnings of Bali volcano eruption spark exodus

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM
In this September 22, 2017 file photo, rescuers assist arriving villagers who were evacuated from their homes on the slope of Mount Agung at a temporary shelter in Klungkung, Bali, Indonesia. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of villagers living within a high-danger zone that in places extends 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from Mount Agung’s crater. But people further away are also leaving.
In this September 23, 2017, file photo, villagers who evacuated from their homes on the slope of Mount Agung sit in a truck upon arrival at a temporary shelter in Klungkung, Bali, Indonesia.
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BALI (AP):

Warnings that the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali will erupt have sparked an exodus of nearly 100,000 people that is likely to continue to swell.

Images from the Associated Press show villagers living within a high-danger zone, that in places extends 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) from the crater, have been evacuated, and others farther away are also leaving. Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo visited a sports centre serving as temporary accommodation in a district south of the volcano yesterday.

The region is being rattled daily by hundreds of tremors from the mountain, which volcanologists say indicates a high chance of an eruption. Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people.