In Indonesia, a powerful volcano wakes up

Thousands evacuated as Bali volcano spews ominous smoke 3,000 meters high

More than 1,000 people died when Mount Agung last erupted in 1963.

So far, it seems that only just over 11,000 people have followed the urgent recommendation to evacuate their homes in the threatened areas.

"The BNPB will continue to provide assistance to regional disaster mitigation agencies in taking anticipatory measures against the possible eruption of Mt. Agung", he said during a visit to the Mt. Agung observation post.

More than 34,000 people have fled from a rumbling volcano on the resort island of Bali as the magnitude of tremors grows, prompting fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said Sunday.

The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center advised against activities such as hiking and camping within a 6 kilometer (4 mile) radius of the crater's center.

Fearing an eruption is imminent, the nation's authority raised the alert level up to the highest rating, leaving the holiday hotspot bracing for travel chaos should it explode.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told travellers to reconfirm their plans with airlines but said the overall level of advice had not changed.

"We are closely monitoring the activity of Mount Agung, but there is no impact to our services at this stage", the spokeswoman said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Flights at Bali's worldwide airport are operating normally as of now, authorities said.

Mount Agung or Gunung Agung is a volcano in Bali, Indonesia.

"For policies purchased after 4pm (AEST) on Wednesday 20 September 2017, cover is not available for claims arising from any volcanic activity, including any new ash cloud events, as such events are no longer unforeseen".

On Saturday, the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said there had been five small eruptions detected coming from the mountain, and an ash column as high as 1000 metres had been observed.

With the new alert, evacuation zone was extended to 12km from the crater for areas in the north, northeast, southeast, south and southwest.

The agency said almost 11,300 villagers have evacuated their houses and are scattered across the districts of Karangasem, Klungkung and Buleleng.

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