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Agung volcano in Bali enters critical phase

Klungkung (Bali,Indonesia) / The increasing frequency of tremors at Mount Agung, a large volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali, caused some 57,400 people to evacuate the area, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) warned today.

“Mount Agung is entering a critical phase. Although alert level 4 (the maximum) has been declared since Sept. 22, there is no guarantee that the volcano will erupt,” BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement.

Nugroho added that Mount Agung’s volcanic activity continued to increase and its magma was moving closer towards the surface.

On Monday, the observation post at Mount Agung recorded 547 volcanic earthquakes, a figure which quadrupled from 119 quakes registered on Sept. 22, which, together with other parameters, is indicating that magma is likely ascending.

The BNPB estimated that about 80,000 residents were living within a 12-kilometer radius around the crater in the eastern Karangasem district which has been set up as an exclusion zone for security reasons.

Evacuees have taken refuge in more than 350 shelters in nine different districts in the region while authorities are trying to save parts of the villagers’ livestock which are their main source of income as they are dedicated mainly to agriculture and ranching.

Indonesian Red Cross workers placed warning signs at the entrance to the perimeter on Monday and offered medical assistance to people in temples, schools and government buildings, which currently serve as temporary shelters.

Local authorities assured that it is not dangerous for tourists to visit the island and Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport still continues to operate normally. However, experts and embassies warned of possible flight cancellations in the event of an eruption.

The BNPB said in a statement on Sept. 21 that the current tremors were similar to those that occurred before Mount Agung erupted in 1963, which then lasted almost a year and killed over 1,100 people.

Bali is the main tourist destination of Indonesia with about 200,000 foreign tourists visiting the island monthly, according to official data.

The Indonesian archipelago sits on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire“, an area known for its great seismic and volcanic activities that produce thousands of earthquakes every year, most of which are of small magnitude. (September 26, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
La noticia habla...
A
de un volcán que ha entrado en erupción.
B
de un volcán que está en el continente americano.
C
de un volcán que está activo en Bali.
Question 2
Según el texto...
A
decenas de miles de personas han abandonado sus hogares a causa del volcán.
B
muy pocas personas han abandonado sus hogares a causa del volcán.
C
ningún residente ha abandonado su hogar a causa del volcán.
Question 3
El BPBD está totalmente seguro de que este volcán entrará en erupción.
A
Verdadero.
B
Falso.
C
No se sabe.
Question 4
En la noticia se dice que...
A
apenas se han registrado terremotos a causa del volcán.
B
el volcán ha causado terremotos de poca intensidad.
C
el volcán no es la causa de unos terremotos en Bali.
Question 5
El tráfico aéreo en el aeropuerto de Bali se ha visto muy afectado por el volcán.
A
Falso.
B
No se sabe.
C
Verdadero.
Question 6
Bali se encuentra en una zona...
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donde no suele haber ni terremotos ni actividad volcánica.
B
donde nunca se ha registrado terremotos ni erupciones volcánicas.
C
donde son frecuentes los terremotos y las erupciones volcánicas.
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