UBUD, Indonesia: A small hand-made aircraft lies still inside a bamboo shack. Its wings – light with bright orange stripes – are stacked atop one another, next to a remote control, laptop, wires and rotors. If everything goes as planned, it will be the first drone to ever soar above Mount Agung's crater as the sacred volcano of Bali verges on what could be an imminent eruption . "We want to reach the crater and see what is happening inside," Azhar T Pangesti told Channel NewsAsia after a couple of test flights on the black beach of Siyut. Further up in the northeast, less than 40km away, Mount Agung is brewing. Over the past few weeks, more than 600 volcanic earthquakes have been detected around the mountain every day. Besides the high frequency, seismologists have also recorded the swelling of Mount Agung, strong magnitudes of the quakes and plumes of hot gas seeping through its crater's surface. For them, these are worrying signs that a volcanic eruption could rock Bali at any moment. For some 140,000 residents on the island, it means potential hazard and evacuation . More than 1,000 people were killed and numerous villages devastated when Mount Agung… Read full this story
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