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Nearly 147,000 fleeing Bali volcano

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The number of evacuees has risen to nearly 147,000 as eruption of Mount Agung volcano in Indonesia's Bali is imminent, disaster agency official said.

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3,031-meter high Mount Agung in Karang Asem has been in the highest alert level with extended dangerous zone.

The displaced people are taking shelters in more than 400 evacuation centers, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster management agency told Xinhua.

National volcanology agency has enlarged the no-go zone to 12 km from the crater in the north, northeast, south, southeast and southwest.

Mount Agung volcano last erupted in 1963, leaving about 1,100 people dead.

Indonesia, a vast archipelagic country with 17,500 islands, has 129 active volcanoes.

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