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Bali volcano: New Zealand issues travel warning

Staff Writer |
New Zealand has issued a travel warning for the popular holiday island of Bali in Indonesia, with fears a volcano could erupt imminently.

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Indonesian authorities have been racing to evacuate tens of thousands of people living in the "danger zone" near the Mount Agung volcano.

The advisory warned that the increased volcanic activity in in eastern Bali could disrupt flights, and travellers should register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Further east, a state of emergency has been declared on the Vanuatu island of Ambae as the Monaro volcano continues belch ash, forcing the evacuation of about 5000 people.

The Red Cross in Bali said more than 42,000 people have been evacuated and in the area around Mt Agung there has been hundreds of tremors and signs of magma rising to the surface in recent days.

Authorities have imposed a 12km exclusion zone around the mountain and issued their highest level alert on Friday.

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