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The threat from Bali's angry volcano

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(Reuters) – Mount Agung, a rumbling volcano towering over the east of the Indonesian island of Bali, has forced more than 140,000 people to evacuate as authorities warn it could erupt at any time. Holidaymakers are avoiding the island after scientists issued the highest alert level for the volcano, which killed more than 1,000 people when it last erupted in 1963. Rising more than 3,000 metres (yards), Mount Agung is the island’s highest and most sacred volcano, home to the Pura Besakih temple complex that narrowly escaped the previous eruption. Bali is better prepared this time, imposing a 12-km (7-mile) exclusion zone around the volcano and stocking up on food and emergency supplies at temporary shelters. This interactive graphic shows the potential areas of risk from hot gases, ash and molten rock “bombs” spewing from the volcano. It explains how scientists assess the rate and type of volcanic tremors to determine when a volcano could erupt. The Reuters graphics team also takes a look at the potential impact on an economy that relies on nearly 5 million tourists a year visiting its beaches and temples. See the graphic “Mount Agung awakens” here: http://tmsnrt.rs/2ymKRSY

(Graphic by Jin Wu and Simon Scarr Additional reporting by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Darren Schuettler)
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