BALI’s largest volcano Mount Agung has forced thousands of residents to evacuate their homes. Here is the latest news and live updates.
Mount Agung is still showing high levels of seismic activity, according to Bali’s Geological Agency.
Steam was observed rising between 50 and 1,500 metres above the volcano’s crater yesterday, though there has been no major change in volcanic activity.
The volcano alert in Bali remains at the maximum level four, meaning an eruption is imminent.
Bali volcano update: Bali residents have been warned to stay away from Mount Agung
Bali officials have repeated calls for residents to stay out of Mount Agung’s danger zone, after a number of people made attempts to climb the volcano.
Dr Janine Kripper, a volcanologist monitoring Mount Agung, translated a report by the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management.
She said: “If anyone is injured on Agung – search and rescue teams will have to risk their own lives to retrieve them.
“The crack the crater and steam being produced (+ seismicity) shows us all the rise of magma towards the surface.
“People entering the danger zone around Sinabung resulted in 17 people losing their lives on 11/2/2014.
“If there’s an explosion you face rock at 600-800 degrees C coming at you at 200-300 km/h. This is deadly for people who are nearby.
“The rising magma at Agung can not be seen with the naked eye. But recorded in instrumentation mounted by PVMBG.
“Do not take pictures & videos & disseminate them on social media. This action makes people confused and restless.”
A live stream of Mount Agung has been set up in the hopes of capturing its possible eruption on camera.
The CCTV stream above was posted by Telkomsel Balinusra and has been running since October 1.
Volcanologists in Bali recorded 169 tremors around Mount Agung between midnight and 6am local time today.
Of these, 66 were shallow volcanic earthquakes, 91 were volcanic earthquakes and 12 were local tectonic quakes.
Bali volcano update: Seismic activity under Mount Agung
Karl Kaddouri, a Frenchman living in Bali, has posted photos and video of himself next to Mount Agung’s smouldering crater.
Despite authorities repeatedly warning people to stay at least 7.5 miles away from Agung, Mr Kaddouri scaled the volcano to get out of his “comfort zone”.
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Balinese locals are living under a state of emergency with volcanologists warning that Mount Agung could erupt at any time.
The volcano is emitting a continuous white plume from its crater and MAGAMA Indonesia has warned that the volcano is increasingly likely to erupt.
More than 140,000 people abandoned their homes to escape Agung, after the volcano alert in Bali was raised to the maximum level 4 on September 22.
However, about 70,000 evacuees were ordered to return home by Bali officials because they faced no immediate danger.
Mount Agung has not erupted for nearly 55 years, when a series of explosions killed more than 1,100 people and injured 300 more.
Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika has “guaranteed” that there will be no volcano victims this time around.
Bali volcano update: Thousands of people have been evacuated from Mount Agung
“All of these people have already evacuated so the place is empty.
“If something happened, even if an eruption happened today, I guarantee there will be no victims.”