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Indonesian Police Upset at Citizens Climbing Active Volcano

Photo: MGN Online. Mount Agung is Set to Erupt at Any Moment..and People are Still Climbing

October 06, 2017 09:18 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesian authorities are urging people not to climb the active Mount Agung volcano on Bali after a video of a foreigner standing at the edge of its smoking crater circulated online.
    
Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says the volcano is "very dangerous" and could explode anytime. It's been at its highest alert level since Sept. 22, sparking an exodus of more than 140,000 people from the area.
    
The video posted Friday on Facebook shows a middle-aged man speaking French while plumes of steam rise from the crater he is perched above.
    
Last week, four Hindu priests angered authorities by posting a video of the crater after climbing the peak to pray.
    
Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,100 people.

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