Almost 50000 Evacuated as Fears of Volcanic Eruption Grow in Bali

Since Friday, the volcano has been at its highest alert level - prompting authorities to establish a 7.5 mile exclusion zone.

Indonesia, an archipelago of thousands of islands, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

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. "It could still explode or lead to a lava flow". A thin column of smoke can be seen rising from the mountain's summit.

He says more than 560 volcanic earthquakes were recorded on Monday, a lot of them shallow.

An elderly woman who survived that eruption said evacuation instructions had come much earlier this time.

"We've set a target to evacuate 20,000 more cows from the affected areas", Nugroho said.

More than 1,000 people were killed the last time Mount Agung erupted, in 1963. "I'm confused and don't know what to do".

Indonesia has almost 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country.

The island attracts millions of tourists every year, many of them Australian.

The volcanic activity of Mount Agung in Bali has begun to impact tourism in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).

He said five countries had issued travel advisories related to Mt. Agung's volcanic activity, advising their citizens not to visit Bali. Bali authorities urged holidaymakers to continue visiting the island.

Pak Kasbani, the head of the volcanology centre, told local media that if tremors continued, an eruption - the first in more than half a century - could be a "matter of hours" away, according to the Associated Press.

There is already a comprehensive plan in place to divert flights to 10 other airports across Indonesia, should ash and volcanic gases interrupt scheduled flight plans.

The towering volcano's peak is the single highest point on the Pacific island of Bali, standing at 3,031 m (9,944 ft) tall.