There are fresh fears that Bali’s Mount Agung could erupt after the volcano reached peak earthquake activity few days ago.
Up to 1,000 tremors have been recorded in the area each day, with the frequent movements indicating a flow of magma towards the surface, Perth Now reports.
It comes as Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupted on Sunday, causing evacuations and spewing ash half a kilometre into the air.
The activity at Mount Agung is being closely monitored by airlines, with travel to Bali expected to be severely affected should an eruption occur.
An emergency operations centre has been set up at Bali’s International Airport, with travel insurance companies also imposing restrictions on policies in the wake of the warnings.
Travel insurance companies started imposing restrictions on policies after warnings about the potential eruption became public. This means people who bought travel insurance after a certain date will not be covered for losses relating to the volcano.
Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the volcano is ‘very dangerous’ and could explode anytime.
Last month Professor Heather Handley, an ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Macquarie University in Sydney, said “if Mount Agung erupts and the eruption is similar to its two previous large-scale eruptions then we might expect to see lava flows reach several kilometres from the summit, in any direction and deadly pyroclastic flows travel tens of kilometres from the summit.” The West Australian reported.
“Due to the high level of sulphur dioxide in magma erupted at Agung, if this mixes with water vapour in the atmosphere it can create sulphric acid and so acid rain could be an issue”.
Around 140,000 people have already fled from the area, with its last eruption in 1963 killing more than 1,100 people.