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Is Bali safe? Resort island is rocked by the threat of a volcanic eruption AND a tsunami following massive earthquake as thousands of Aussie families fly in for school holidays

September 21, 2017

Published on Sep 22, 2017

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A huge undersea earthquake has struck off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, just days before thousands of families are expected to flock to the popular holiday destination for the school break.

The 5.7 magnitude quake was detected 125km northeast of Surabaya, Java, on Thursday, the US Geological Survey has confirmed.

With a measured at a depth of 588km, the quake immediately sparked fears of a tsunami and an eruption from Mount Agung volcano.  

Bali is a favoured destination among Australians, with numerous families expected to fly to the island when school holidays begin in New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria on Friday.

School holidays in Queensland began on September 15.

Children in South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania will start their break on September 29. 

The earthquake is the latest in a series of intense earthquakes that have rocked New Zealand, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Japan and Mexico - 'the Pacific Ring Of Fire' - in the last 48-hours. 


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