Bali volcano's rumblings stoke fears of eruption

The authorities have raised alert levels for a volcano on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, after hundreds of small tremors stoked fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. Mount Agung, about 75km from the tourist hub of Kuta
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The authorities have raised alert levels for a volcano on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, after hundreds of small tremors stoked fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.

Mount Agung, about 75km from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since last month and officials have banned people from venturing within 7.5km of its summit.

No volcanic ash has been seen spewing from the crater. But hundreds of small tremors have rattled the mountain in the past two days, causing about 350 people to evacuate their homes on Monday, although they returned the next day.

"Even though seismicity is not as sharp as two days ago, as many as 480 seconds of tremors have occurred. The community must remain vigilant," Mr Willem Rampangilei, head of Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said in a statement yesterday.

The airport on the resort island, a top holiday destination that attracts millions of foreign tourists every year, has not been affected.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2017, with the headline 'Bali volcano's rumblings stoke fears of eruption'. Print Edition | Subscribe