Fears a Bali volcano is about to erupt

Steadily increasing seismic activity around the active volcano Mount Agung on the beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia has prompted the large-scale evacuation of nearly 50, 000 people from a designated danger zone. Fears that the volcano will erupt have been brewing since volcanic tremors began in August but in the past few days they have intensified, prompting increasing numbers of evacuees to leave their homes. As more than 1,000 people were killed in the last eruption in 1963, the evacuation order is not without good cause. Nonetheless, many who are being forced to evacuate are reluctant to do so as they leave behind them their untended livestock, their homes and often their whole livelihood: Bali volcano

Prediction of when a volcano will actually erupt is notoriously difficult to pinpoint, as is the nature and scale of the eruption’s possible effects. With tourism and agriculture adversely affected by an evacuation as well as by an eruption, it is always a difficult call to make. In the meantime, preparations are under way across the island to reduce the potential loss of life, goods and income by the forecast eruption. For now, it’s just a waiting game…

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