100,000 to evacuate Bali, Mount Agung volcano threat risesStaff Writer | November 27, 2017
Nearly 100,000 people are trying to evacuate Bali as the Mount Agung volcano continues to spew ash potentially signaling a larger eruption.
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However, volcanologists say lava welling up in Mount Agung's crater is a possible sign of a larger and more catastrophic eruption on the horizon.
The Indonesian government designated a 7.5-mile radius around the volcano Monday it considers the danger zone - an area that's been expanded outward more than 4 miles over the weekend.
"We ask people in the danger zone to evacuate immediately because there's a potential for a bigger eruption," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency, said.
As the warning level was raised Monday to level four - the maximum - as many as 150,000 people could ultimately be ordered out if the threat persists. No seismic activity, though, has accompanied the eruptions. ■