Mount Agung Eruption Fears as BNPB Tips Possible Evacuation

Authorities have extended the no-go zone surrounding Mount Agung volcano in resort island Bali and raised its alert level for the second time in just a few days, local media reported Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) announced the expansion of the zone to 6 kilometres from the crater and a radius of 7.5 kilometers to the north, southeast and southwest.

Residents and visitors should be prepared to evacuate at short notice, the agency warned, noting that seismic activity has increased as well as large blasts from the crater.

The last serious eruption occurred in 1963 and killed over 1,000 people.

Volcanic eruptions often disrupt holidaymakers for the tourist areas, including delaying flights and even closing airports due to ash cover.

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