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Despite Rising Volcano Threat, Bali Authorities Tell Residents To Return Home

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Despite a rising threat of an erupting volcano in Bali, Indonesia, authorities urged residents to return home to the now-deserted island Friday.

Bali, known as a holiday island and a tourist hotspot, has become a ghost town after the threat level of the volcano Mount Agung was raised to the maximum amount last week, reported the Guardian. More than 144,000 people have already fled the island, according to 10tv.

Tulamben, a small fishing village in Bali, has been almost completely evacuated, with a sign saying “please pray for us” on an outside cafe. However, authorities are now claiming that some people can return, despite the residents fleeing the island.

“Those who live outside the danger zone, we urge them to go back home and carry on with their daily lives,” disaster official Putu Widiada said Saturday.

Mount Agung’s previous eruption was in 1963 and it remained active for a full year, killing more than 1,100 people, according to the Associated Press.

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Gabrielle Okun