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AROUND 100,000 peo­ple have been evac­u­ated from the area around Mount Agung, a large vol­cano on the is­land of Bali in In­done­sia.

Of­fi­cials asked ev­ery­one within 10km of the vol­cano to leave the area, but some were re­fus­ing to aban­don their an­i­mals and crops. Some schools in the area were still open af­ter the evac­u­a­tion was or­dered, with pupils wear­ing masks to pro­tect them from ash.

More than 50,000 tourists were stranded on the is­land, af­ter hun­dreds of flights were can­celled. Vol­canic ash can block aero­plane en­gines, so it can be dan­ger­ous to fly through ash clouds. Weather ex­perts say that ash from Mount Agung has trav­elled as high as 9km into the at­mos­phere.

Vol­canic erup­tions are in­cred­i­bly hard to pre­dict, so a big erup­tion could take days or weeks to hap­pen. Make sure you check live.first­news.co.uk for up­dates.

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