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    Light from lava inside the crater is reflected off volcanic ash from Mount Agung, as seen from Jemeluk Beach, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia November 28, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken November 28, 2017

    Once in a Life Time: Tourists Get Creative With Pics at Bali's Erupting Volcano

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    Countless holiday-goers rush towards a rumbling Mount Agung at an Indonesian resort island for a rare chance to get a glimpse of the spectacular volcano and take a selfie against its backdrop, despite the state of alert being raised to its maximum level.

    Bali's Mount Agung has been spewing columns of volcanic ash several kilometers up into the sky for weeks, forcing thousands of locals to evacuate from its slopes. However, the erupting volcano has attracted even more tourists to one of the world's most popular tropical destinations.

    Social networks have been literally flooded with breathtaking photos of people posing in front of Mt. Agung, which creates a truly dramatic backdrop.

    Many holiday-goers consider the chance to witness the volcanic activity a privilege, with some of them saying that this thrilling show has always been on their bucket list.

    Smart people: There's a volcano erupting in Bali! Be safe and evacuate! Me: Wanna go watch the sunrise over the erupting volcano??

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    Some people fearlessly take pictures in protective smoke masks not far from the volcano, which last erupted in 1963, killing about 1,600 people.

    Meanwhile, the international airport reopened on the island on November 29. Thousands of stranded passengers are making their way home after their flights had been grounded since Monday. However, the wind conditions are unpredictable, and meteorological officials warn the ash could impact visibility at night.

    The alert status of Mt. Agung remains at its highest level since Monday, when local authorities introduced a 10-kilometer exclusion zone around the summit and urged locals to evacuate from it slopes of the volcano in fear of a larger eruption. According to local media reports, some 40,000 people have already found refuge in temporary evacuation centers, but many more haven't left their homes because they feel safe or don't want to abandon their households.

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