Hundreds of criminals at a notorious Indonesian prison have been evacuated after fears the nearby volcano will erupt.
Australian Bali Nine member Scott Rush is among the 166 prisoners moved from Karangasem jail which could be affected if Mount Agung volcano erupts.
Indonesian woman Noor Ellis, who murdered her Australian husband Bob Ellis, and Australian Michael Sacatides, who was sentenced to 18 years in jail for smuggling drugs onto the resort island, were also moved from the prison.
Australian Bali Nine member Scott Rush (pictured) is amoung the 166 prisoners moved from Karangasem jail which could be affected if Mount Agung volcano erupts
Indonesian woman Noor Ellis (pictured), who murdered her Australian husband Bob Ellis, was also moved from Karangasem jail
Australian Michael Sacatides (pictured), who was sentenced to 18 years in jail for smuggling drugs onto the resort island, was also moved from the jail after volcano eruption fears
Despite being outside the 12km exclusion zone, the prisoners were taken to other jails for safety reasons.
Prisoners were reportedly carrying their possessions in plastic bags and were being moved on police prison buses, The West Australian reports.
There were 15 female inmates transferred to Bangli women’s prison while the 151 male inmates were moved to a narcotics prison.
Karangasem prison governor Kusbyantoro told the publication people who worked in the prisons were worried for their own, and the prisoners’, safety, prompting the temporary move.
It is believed the volcano will erupt at any time, with the area being on the highest alert rating and the mountain shows all the crucial signs of eruption.
Authorities say more than 75,000 are now sheltering at more than 370 evacuation points across the country.
Despite the jail being outside the 12km exclusion zone, the prisoners were taken to other jails for safety reasons (pictured)
Prisoners were reportedly carrying their possessions in plastic bags and were being moved on police prison buses (pictured)
A natural disaster has been declared in parts of Bali as authorities imposed an exclusion zone around Mount Agung following increased volcanic activity on Sunday.
More than three hundred earthquake tremors have ripped through the area around the volcano, with fears it is about to blow.
Scores of Australian families are currently on the idyllic holiday island for their school holidays, but authorities insist the destination is still safe.
Despite this, officials have ordered villages living within a 12km (eight mile) zone around the mountain to leave.
Authorities raised the volcano’s alert status to the highest level on Friday following a ‘tremendous increase’ in seismic activity. Its last eruption in 1963 killed 1,100 people.
The last eruption of Mount Agung (pictured) at Klungkung in Bali, in 1963 killed 1,100 people
More than 35,000 people have fled a menacing volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali
Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, a senior Cabinet minister, said Sunday that the districts surrounding the volcano ‘must be prepared for the worst.’
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency has praised the welcoming response of local communities on Bali to the flood of evacuees.
The agency has sent food and logistical supplies to the area, while also calling for public donations.
Thousands are living in temporary shelters, sport centers, village halls and with relatives or friends. Some return to the danger zone during the day to tend to livestock.
Thousands are living in temporary shelters, sport centers, village halls. Above, evacuees in a temporary shelter
Children play in an evacuation shelter after authorities raised the volcano’s alert status to the highest level on Friday
Some evacuees return to the danger zone around the volcano in the day to tend to livestock
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency has praised the welcoming response of local communities on Bali to the flood of evacuees
Authorities imposed the exclusion zone around the crater as increasing volcanic activity on Sunday sent strong tremors through areas in the eastern part of the island
National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 14 tons of aid has been sent, including tents, blankets, mattresses and portable communications equipment.
Truck driver Wayan Suparta said he and his family left their village 5 kilometres (3 miles) from the mountain several days ago, bringing just clothes and blankets to a temporary camp in Rendang.
The 35-year-old said he sold the family’s cow because they don’t know when they’ll be able to return.
Officials have said there is no current danger to people in other parts of Bali, a popular tourist island famous for its surfing, beaches and elegant Hindu culture.
Hoaxes have proliferated online, with videos of previous eruptions in Indonesia circulated as current events at Mount Agung.
Officials urged the public to remain calm amid false reports and videos circulating online of an eruption.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency has sent food and logistical supplies to the area, while also calling for public donations
Women and children are seen taking refuge in an evacuation shelter after authorities imposed an exclusion zone around the volcano
‘The latest analysis indicates that Mount Agung’s seismic energy is increasing and has the potential to erupt,’ the National Vulcanology Center said in a statement.
‘However, no one can predict exactly when there will be an eruption,’ it added.
Flights at Bali’s international airport were operating normally on Sunday as were tourist spots across the rest of the island.
Meanwhile, Australian flights to Bali continued as scheduled on Sunday.
Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas flights to Denpasar International Airport remained unaffected but the airlines said they were monitoring warnings.
Virgin Australia warned of possible flight delays and said some Bali bound flights would be making fuel stops in Darwin as a precautionary measure.
‘This ensures that if an eruption occurs while the aircraft is en route, we will be able to get guests back to their originating port safely and quickly,’ the airline said in a statement.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 14 tons of aid has been sent, including tents, blankets, mattresses and portable communications equipment
Indonesia, made up of thousands of islands, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’
All Jetstar flights were operating as scheduled and passengers would be notified individually if changes occurred, the company said in a statement on Sunday.
‘Our pilots and meteorologists will continue to monitor the latest information from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre,’ the statement said.
Qantas flights were also operating as scheduled, a spokeswoman told AAP on Sunday.
The government’s Smart Traveller website urges visitors to monitor local media reports and follow instructions of local authorities.
Australians are also advised to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia and to contact their tour operators to confirm travel plans.
In 1963, the 3,031-meter (9,944-foot) Agung hurled ash as high as 20 kilometres (12 miles), according to volcanologists, and remained active for about a year.
Lava traveled 7.5 kilometres (4.7 miles) and ash reached Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) away.
The mountain, 72 kilometres (45 miles) to the northeast of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.
The country 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.