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Thousands evacuated as Bali volcano spews smoke 3,000 meters high

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Thousands of residents and tourists have been evacuated on the Island of Bali, Indonesia, after a major spike in seismic activity following a 5.7 magnitude earthquake.

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A total of 400 tremors were recorded in the area following the quake.

The undersea earthquake struck 125km (77 miles) northeast of Surabaya on Thursday, followed by at least 400 tremors.

Around 6,000 people have so far been evacuated from the periphery of Mount Agung, the active volcano on Bali, but the number is expected to rise. The alert status for the island is currently at Level Three, one below the highest risk of an eruption.

“Volcanic activity remains high and there are indications of magma rising to the surface and causing tremors,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the National Disaster Management Agency, as cited by Reuters.

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