More than 120000 flee Bali volcano - Indonesian official

More than 120000 flee Bali volcano - Indonesian official

More than 120000 flee Bali volcano - Indonesian official

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

Waskita Sutadewa, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency in Bali, said people have scattered to all corners of the island and some have crossed to the neighboring island of Lombok.

This time, 447 temporary shelters have been set up outside the exclusion zone around the volcano, according to the National Disaster Management Agency.

The last time Mount Agung volcano erupted in Bali, a stream of molten lava flattened teenage Gusti Nyoman Dauh's home, while cascading ash, rocks and hot gas killed 1,600 of his neighbours.

"Back then we weren't evacuated until it got really risky".

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Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level status for Mt. Agung in Bali to level 4, the highest classification, signifying the possibility of a volcanic eruption.

It says a monitoring center recorded more than 800 earthquakes so far Wednesday and thin smoke has been observed rising 50 meters (160 feet) above the crater.

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"If my house is destroyed I don't know how to restart my life".

The mountain, which sits about 70 kilometers northeast of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

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The volcano has been showing increasing activity in the past two weeks after half a century of dormancy.

The island attracts millions of tourists every year, many of them Australian.

Over 75,000 residents have been evacuated from near the volcano and fears of an imminent eruption have prompted some travelers to rethink holiday plans.

"Mount Agung is entering a critical phase". Bali authorities urged holidaymakers to continue visiting the island.

Volcanologists say the past week's dramatic escalation in tremors indicates an eruption is more likely than not, but they can't say with certainty when it will happen. A plume of steam now fills the sky around the Bali volcano.

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