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Multiple volcano alerts for Australians

The ongoing evacuation of locals and tourists surrounding Bali’s Agung has continued as fears an eruption is imminent.

The evacuation has seen more than 75,000 people within a 12-kilometre radius of the volcano uprooted.

The exclusion zones surrounding the volcano are also continuing to expand, originally given a six-kilometre exclusion zone, locals and tourists are now being advised to stay 12kms away from the mountain.

Among those evacuated were 166 inmates currently serving time at Bali’s Karangasem jail, which is just outside the 12km zone.

According to multiple reports, face masks have been sold out in the surrounding areas and up to 500 earth tremors are being felt each day.

The last time Mount Agung erupted was in 1963, taking the lives of more than 1,000 people.

Meanwhile, a mass evacuation is taking place in Vanuatu as the Manaro volcano on Ambae island had begun erupting.

The Vanuatu Government has also declared a state of emergency as the eruption has forced more than 6,000 people to leave their homes.

The government also approved $2 million fund to provide food, shelter and water to those affected according to ABC News.

Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office director Shadrack Welegtabit gave a public statement on Tuesday.

“We are in the dry season and with the ash contaminating some supplies our biggest concern right now is getting water to those who have been evacuated.”

“There’s ash, fire, stones and lava being thrown out from the mouth of the volcano,” Welegtabit said.

“There’s a lot of activity going on.”

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