Thousands evacuate amid possible volcano eruption in Bali

(AP/Firdia Lisnawati)
(AP/Firdia Lisnawati)
Firdia Lisnawati

Jakarta - Nearly 10,000 villagers have left their homes around the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali because of a possible eruption.

Officials raised the alert status of the volcano on Monday to the second highest level and recommended people stay six kilometers from the crater, and up to 7,5 km away to the north, southeast and south-southwest.

SEE: Indonesia raises alert level for volcano on tourist island of Bali

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said Friday that some 9,400 villagers have evacuated from their houses and were scattered in 50 shelters in the districts of Karangasem, Klungkung and Buleleng.

The 3,031-meter Agung, located about 72 kilometers to the northeast of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, last erupted in 1963, killing 1,100 people and hurling ash as high as 10 kilometers. It was one of the worst volcanic eruptions in Indonesia's history.

In Iceland another volcano has shown signs of a possible eruption. In 2010 the ash from Katla stranded more than 10 million people as the ash cloud disrupted flights around the world.

ALSO SEE: Watching Katla: Icelanders plan for next volcanic eruption

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