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Bali volcano evacuees asked to return home

30 September 2017

Despite a rising threat of an erupting volcano in Bali, Indonesia, authorities urged residents to return home to the now-deserted island Friday. It last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,000 people.

Thousands of volcano evacuees on the Indonesian island of Bali have been told to return to their homes outside a government-designated "dangerous zone", even as fears of an eruption grow.

"I would definitely be following the advice to stay outside the exclusion zone", said Heather Handley, an assistant earth sciences professor at Sydney's Macquarie University.

"We are trying to identify those who lived outside the danger zone". "They need to go back to their village because they will become a burden", Bali's governor I Made Mangku Pastika said.

"If there is an eruption, volcanic ash clouds could cause flight disruptions".

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Archive footage of the 1963 eruption shows buildings with roofs shredded by falling debris, a massive plume of ash gushing sideways from the crater and children in a row of hospital beds with their arms and legs bandaged.

Despite the government warning of temporary camps being overburdened, three visited by Associated Press reporters on Saturday were calm and orderly.

Although there are reports of numerous evacuation camps being overburdened, when the Associated Press visited them, everything was peaceful and numerous evacuees were content.

"They are treating us well". The increase in tremors suggests an eruption is "imminent", she said. "We can stay here together so they're not in danger".

Besides, the authority has also set up 54 signs telling the position of villagers from the no-go zone, said Sutopo.

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Widiada, the disaster official, said longer-term plans for evacuees from the so-called red zone are still being worked out.

Indonesia is home to more than 400 volcanoes, of which at least 127 are active and 65 are classified as risky. Another volcano, Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, has been erupting since 2010.

An eruption would pose no risk to those outside the zone, according to the Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management.

"The condition of this volcano is still critical, and ready to erupt".

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Bali volcano evacuees asked to return home