VOLCANO WARNING: Mount Agung in Indonesian holiday hotspot hit by 300 tremors in SIX HOURS

Sunday, September 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE smoking Mount Agung volcano in tourist hotspot Bali has been hit by 300 huge tremors over a six-hour period, sparking fears it could erupt for the first time in 50 years.

By MARK CHANDLER
Express.co.uk
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

THE smoking Mount Agung volcano in tourist hotspot Bali has been hit by 300 huge tremors over a six-hour period, sparking fears it could erupt for the first time in 50 years.

Despite the terrifying tremors, tourism chiefs have insisted the eastern Indonesia holiday hotspot is still safe to visit .

The earthquake-like tremors were picked up between midnight and 6am local time on Sunday.

Plumes of smoke were also detected rising up to 200 metres over the crater.

Officials said on Sunday morning that the volcano had not yet erupted and there did not appear to be any ash.

However, a 12km zone circling the mountain has been declared unsafe, they said.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of the National Disaster Management Agency, said: “Volcanic activity remains high and there are indications of magma rising to the surface and causing tremors.”

Bali’s international airport, which is used by up to 60,000 passengers every day, was also open as normal.

Director general of air transport, Agus Santoso, insisted the island was safe to visit.

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