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Residents Flee as Bali Volcano Rumbles
Tens of thousands evacuated from the red zone around the Mount Agung Volcano in Bali as hundreds of tremors are recorded daily.
A Balinese man watches the Mount Agung volcano covered with clouds at a temple in the Karangasem district of Bali, Indonesia on Sept. 26, 2017. Warnings that a volcano on the Indonesian tourist island will erupt have sparked an exodus of more than 100,000 people, the country's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.
Villagers began leaving in the middle of last week and the number of evacuees has swelled daily since Friday, when the volcano’s alert status was raised to the highest level.
The agency also noted that a monitoring center had recorded more than 800 earthquakes so far Wednesday and thin smoke was observed rising 160 feet above the crater.
The volcano last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,100 people, and remained active for about a year.
Balinese Hindu villagers gather after a prayer for Mount Agung at a temple in the Pemuteran village in the Karangasem district on Sept. 27 The Center for Vulcanology of Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) raised the alert level of Mount Agung to the highest level on Sept. 22.
A family sits beside their tent at a temporary shelter on Sept. 27 in the Klungkung district.
Balinese citizens pray for safety on the beach near Mount Agung, outside the current danger zone in Amed on Sept. 27.
Evacuee children sit on a truck as they head off to a temporary school on Sept. 27 in the Karangasem district.
Volunteers were helping with classes for some of the thousands of children whose schools within the exclusion zone around the volcano are now closed.
“So far the children look happy and are enjoying themselves,” said volunteer Yenni Ariyanti. “They do not look worried or sad. Hopefully we can continue to maintain their excitement and keep them in good spirits.”
A woman sits with her daughters at a temporary shelter on Sept. 27 in the Karangasem district.
An elderly woman is carried by search and rescue staff as she is evacuated from her village on Sept. 27, in the Karangasem district.
A boy looks out of his tent at a temporary shelter on Sept. 27 in the Karangasem district.
People carry their belongings as they evacuate from their village on Sept. 27 in the Karangasem district.
An elderly person sits in a sports center that was made into a temporary shelter on Sept. 27 in the Klungkung district.
The people who have fled the volcano are scattered across Bali in more than 400 different locations including temporary camps, sports centers and other public buildings.
Children reach out as they queue for food at a temporary shelter on Sept. 27 in the Karangasem district.
Balinese children play on the beach near Mount Agung, outside the current danger zone in Amed on Sept. 27.