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Bali on maximum alert over volcano eruption threat

Bali on maximum alert over volcano eruption threat
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By Tokunbo Salako with Reuters
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Thousands of people have been evacuated from around Mount Agung amid fears of an "imminent" eruption

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Indonesia has raised its volcano eruption alert to its highest level amid fears of an "imminent" explosion from Mount Agung.

Authorities said rays of fire and magma are increasingly visible from night to day. Continuing plumes of smoke are accompanied by blasts that can be heard up to 12 kilometres from Agung's peak.

Bali's airport has been closed as a result of the fresh warning level and thousands of residents who live near the summit have been evacuated

But the imminent threat also attracted scores of people who are eager to witness the potentially massive blast.

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