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100,000 to evacuate Bali, Mount Agung volcano threat rises

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Nearly 100,000 people are trying to evacuate Bali as the Mount Agung volcano continues to spew ash potentially signaling a larger eruption.

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The ongoing release, which started last week sending ash clouds thousands of feet into the air, marks the first eruption of the volcano in 50 years.

However, volcanologists say lava welling up in Mount Agung's crater is a possible sign of a larger and more catastrophic eruption on the horizon.

The Indonesian government designated a 7.5-mile radius around the volcano Monday it considers the danger zone - an area that's been expanded outward more than 4 miles over the weekend.

"We ask people in the danger zone to evacuate immediately because there's a potential for a bigger eruption," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency, said.

As the warning level was raised Monday to level four - the maximum - as many as 150,000 people could ultimately be ordered out if the threat persists. No seismic activity, though, has accompanied the eruptions.