Fear of Volcano Eruption on Bali Drives 145,000 From Homes

Still, the center warned, the “exact date and time of future eruptions cannot be predicted.”

The authorities have supplies for up to a month at 475 camps, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the national disaster agency, said on Twitter.


A temporary evacuation center at a sports arena in Klungkung, Bali, on Thursday. Credit Antara Foto, via Reuters

Along with people, livestock is also at risk, including at least 30,000 cattle. About 10,000 have already been moved to safety, but another 20,000 still need to be evacuated, the authorities said on Thursday. Volunteers have also entered villages to gather dogs, cats and other animals that were left behind.

Bali is heavily dependent on tourism, and local officials have sought to convince people that the volcano should not pose a threat to people who stay out of the danger zone. Mount Agung is about 35 miles northeast of Kuta, in southern Bali, the main tourist area.

“For our brothers and sisters from abroad, of course Bali is still safe,” Made Mangku Pastika, the island’s governor, said on Thursday.


Sheltering in tents in Klungkung on Thursday. Credit Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
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