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Monday, 25 September 2017 - 11:28
Mount Agung volcano sparks fears of an exodus from Bali
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More than 35,000 people have fled a menacing volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing it will erupt for the first time in more than 50 years as increasing tremors rattle the region.

It includes people who left voluntarily as well as those told to evacuate from a nine to 12 kilometer zone around Mount Agung.

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 1100 people.

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.

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