Over 134000 fleeing home as Bali volcano may erupt at any moment

Exodus from Bali volcano nears 100,000 amid frequent tremors

Villagers began leaving in the middle of last week and the number of evacuees has swelled daily since Friday, when the volcano's alert status was raised to the highest level. Since then, tens of thousands of villagers have been urged to abandon their homes beneath the menacing volcano.

"Officers continue to sweep the area and are appealing for people to evacuate", he said.

Drone footage shot by Australia's ABC news network over the settlements dotting the lush, green paddy fields in the dangerzone backed up the reports, showing figures moving in and out of the buildings.

One farmer said he was anxious that lava flows could destroy his house and farm.

The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said Mount Agung was highly active on Thursday, recording 125 volcanic earthquakes between 12am (1700 GMT) and 6am.

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"We've got like 20, 30, 40 shakes where you could feel the earth shaking", Lange, 30, told AFP.

Agung last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people. "I'm confused and don't know what to do".

The mountain, which sits about 70 kilometers northeast of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia. Many of these show high levels of activity but it can be weeks or even months before an actual eruption.

Almost five million people visited Bali previous year - a lot of them from Australia, China and Japan.

He said five countries had issued travel advisories related to Mt. Agung's volcanic activity, advising their citizens not to visit Bali.

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'The island is safe except for areas around Mount Agung.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says Tuesday that an increasing frequency of tremors from the mountain indicates that magma is continuing to move toward the surface and an eruption is possible.

A natural disaster has been declared in parts of Bali with fears the island's largest volcano could erupt at anytime.

In the case of an eruption, Indonesia plans to divert flights headed for Bali to 10 other airports, including on nearby Lombok and the capital Jakarta.

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