Thousands near Bali volcano evacuated


PV Desk :
Nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated from near a volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali that officials say is becoming more active and could erupt soon.
Authorities imposed a 12-km exclusion zone around the crater of Mount Agung, as increasing volcanic activity on Sunday sent strong tremors through areas in the eastern part of the one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
Officials urged the public to remain calm amid false reports and videos circulating online of an eruption.
The latest analysis indicates that Mount Agung’s seismic energy is increasing and has the potential to erupt,” the National Vulcanology Center said in a statement.
“However, no one can predict exactly when there will be an eruption,” it added.
Flights at Bali’s international airport were operating normally on Sunday as were tourist spots across the rest of the island.
Thousands of evacuees were being housed in makeshift shelters including town halls and school gyms and tents in villages around the volcano, and authorities expect the numbers to climb.