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Thousands evacuated after warnings biggest volcano in Bali is about to erupt

Disaster agency warns hundreds of daily tremors indicate magma is moving toward the surface and an eruption is highly likely

This general view shows Mount Agung volcano in the Kubu subdistrict of Karangasem Regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 26, 2017.
This general view shows Mount Agung volcano in the Kubu subdistrict of Karangasem Regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 26, 2017.
KARANGASEM, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 25: A view of mount Agung on September 25, 2017 in Karangasem regency, Island of Bali, Indonesia.

Samuel Osborne

More than 75,000 people have been evacuated from the area around Mount Agung on Bali amid fears of an imminent eruption, the Indonesian disaster agency has said.

The agency said hundreds of tremors daily from the volcano indicate magma is moving toward the surface and an eruption is highly likely.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the agency's spokesman, said evacuees are spread across more than 370 locations on the island and their numbers are continuing to rise.

The volcano's alert status was raised to its highest level on Friday.

Agung last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,100 people.

The 3,031-metre (9,944ft) mountain hurled ash as high as 20km (12 miles), according to volcanologists, and remained active for around a year.

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