Thousands flee as Bali raises volcano alert to highest level

Thousands flee as Bali raises volcano alert to highest level
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Karangasem (Indonesia): A rumbling volcano on the resort island of Bali could erupt at any moment, authorities in Indonesia warned Monday as they raised alert levels to maximum, accelerated a mass evacuation and closed the main airport, leaving tourists stranded.
Massive columns of thick grey smoke that have been belching from Mount Agung since last week has now begun shooting more than three kilometres (two miles) into the sky, forcing flights to be grounded.
Some 40,000 frightened people have fled their homes around the volcano but as many as 100,000 will likely be forced to leave, disaster agency officials said after raising the alert to its highest level. (AFP)

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