Entire island evacuated as volcanoes rumble in Bali and Vanuatu

Villagers watch Mount Agung from an observation point which is about 12 kilometer away from the volcano in Karangasem Bali Indonesia Thursday Sept. 28 2017. The exodus from the menacing volcano on the Indonesian tourist island is nearing

Heather Handley, the earth sciences professor from Sydney's Macuquarie University, said that the increased tremors suggest that an eruption is "imminent".

More than 100,000 people have evacuated the area, which has been shaken by as many as 175 tremors in a six-hour period, according to the Express.

The 3,031-meter Mount Agung volcano in Karang Asem district is in the highest alert status with continuing hike of seismic activity.

He said there is no reason for them to evacuate and they've become a "burden" on genuine evacuees and the temporary shelters set up to receive them.

"In general the evacuation is going well, the logistics supply is sufficient for the evacuees" needs, ' Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the agency spokesman, said Thursday.

Indonesia's government has set aside a relief fund of almost $US150m, while the country's disaster agency has dispatched face masks, mattresses, blankets and tents to vulnerable areas.

In Bali, residents are still being moved outside an exclusion zone that stretches 12 kilometers from the center of Mount Agung.

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Mount Agung's eruption ni 1963 was one of the most powerful eruptions ever recorded and resulted in thousands killed.

Around 10,000 animals have also been evacuated from the flanks of the volcano.

"Back then we weren't evacuated until it got really risky".

A cloud of smoke from Manaro Voui volcano is seen on Vanuatu's northern island Ambae in the South Pacific, September 25, 2017. "I'm confused and don't know what to do".

The mountain, about 70 kilometres to the northeast of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia. Hundreds of domestic and global flights were disrupted in 2016 when a volcano erupted on Bali's neighboring Lombok island, sending columns of ash and debris into the air.

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

Ngurah Rai International Airport remains open but is on alert in case of ash disruption, and there are plans to bus people to other airports, if needed.

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