Bali volcano latest – when is a Mount Agung eruption expected and how much damage could it cause?

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THERE are fears the Mount Agunug volcano on the paradise island of Bali could be on the verge of erupting.

As authorities continue to report a dramatic increase in tremors from the volcano here’s everything you need to know.

 Mount Agung could erupt imminently officials have warned

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Mount Agung could erupt imminently officials have warned

When is Mount Agung expected to erupt?

Officials have warned that an eruption of Mount Agung on the tourist island of Bali is imminent with the active volcano in a “critical” phase.

Increasingly frequent tremors have been recorded amid an spike in volcanic activity.

The area has been placed under the highest volcano alert – but experts have said it is impossible to say exactly when it will blow.

How much damage could an eruption cause?

The volcano last erupted in 1963 killing more than 2,000 people.

locals heard explosions in February that year when and lava began to flow from the crater.

Almost a month later a full eruption sent debris 8-10km into the air and devastated numerous villages.

 A man shelters in a rescue centre amid fears of an eruption

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A man shelters in a rescue centre amid fears of an eruption

How many people have been evacuated?

Bali’s national disaster agency has said more than 120,000 people have fled the Mount Agung volcano.

Thousands are living in temporary shelters after a 12km exclusion zone was set up around the mountain.

But there are fears many are ignoring warnings or returning daily to care for the 30,000 cows left behind.

Vehicles filled with noodles, mineral water and blankets have been sent to the evacuation centres, while residents around the island have been collecting donations for those affected.

What is the travel advice?

Indonesian authorities are on standby to divert flights away from the island as tourist hotspots Kuta and Seminyak are put on alert.

Transport minister Budi Karya Sumadi said: “The planes will be diverted to their nearest location or where it originally took off from.”

The airport in Bali’s capital Denpasar has not been affected but airlines are putting contingency plans in place in case the volcano blows – with 100 buses ready to evacuate tourists.

The Foreign Office has issued a warning to holidaymakers that evacuations and disruption to flights are possible.

It said: “You should follow the advice of the local authorities and stay outside the exclusion zone which extends between 9 and 12 km from the crater.

“In the event of an eruption and volcanic ash clouds, which could cause flight disruptions, you should confirm your travel arrangements directly with your airline or travel agent before travelling to the airport.”

Nearly five million people visited Bali last year – most of them from mainly from Australia, China and Japan.

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