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Hundreds flee their homes in fear of massive Bali tsunami

Holiday makers and residents have been shaken by the huge undersea earthquake off the coast of Bali with fears of a massive tsunami.

Just days before the expected influx of thousands of families escaping to the destination, the 5.7 magnitude quake was detected 125km northeast of Surabaya, Java on Thursday.

Images have captured locals piling into the backs of trucks to leave their homes and stay at temporary shelters after evacuating form the dangerous area at Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia.

Residents are fleeing their homes (pictured) in fear of a massive tsunami expected to hit Bali 

The 5.7 magnitude quake was detected 125km northeast of Surabaya, Java on Thursday

The 5.7 magnitude quake was detected 125km northeast of Surabaya, Java on Thursday

Images show one person taking cover on a thin mattress surrounded by bags and blankets at Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia (pictured)

Images show one person taking cover on a thin mattress surrounded by bags and blankets at Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia (pictured)

Everyone from young children to elderly locals were pictured taking cover in temporary shelters. 

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

The status was raised from Level Two alert to Level Three standby alert, according the Centre of Vulcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.

Tourists and residents have been advised to stay at least six to seven kilometres away from the area.

One person appeared to be taking shelter while curled up on a thin mattress surrounded by plastic bags full of what appears to be clothes and blankets.

Other people were captured heading for safety, sitting on cement floors covered in mats and blankets.

Everyone from young children to elderly locals were seen taking cover in temporary shelters

Everyone from young children to elderly locals were seen taking cover in temporary shelters

Hundreds of locals were seen evacuating their homes with bags of possessions (pictured)

Hundreds of locals were seen evacuating their homes with bags of possessions (pictured)

Other people were captured sitting on cement floors covered in mats and blankets in safety

Other people were captured sitting on cement floors covered in mats and blankets in safety

Some residents appeared to be saving their motorbikes by loading them on to back of a ute

Some residents appeared to be saving their motorbikes by loading them on to back of a ute

Some residents appeared to be saving their motorbikes by loading them on to the back of a small blue ute in preparation for the quake. 

One woman was pictured loading numerous items from her home into a truck before covering them with a tarp. 

Groups of people were also seen gathering at a lookout point to watch Mount Agung for eruption following the quake.

Locals living near Mount Agung volcano were seen evacuating their homes following increased seismic activity (pictured)

Locals living near Mount Agung volcano were seen evacuating their homes following increased seismic activity (pictured)

The quake was detected north-east of Kemeduran and immediately sparked fears of a tsunami (pictured) 

The quake was detected north-east of Kemeduran and immediately sparked fears of a tsunami (pictured) 

Groups of people were also seen gathering at a lookout point to watch Mount Agung for eruption (pictured)

Groups of people were also seen gathering at a lookout point to watch Mount Agung for eruption (pictured)

Officials significantly increased the size of the evacuation zone around the volcano on Monday, raising the alert level to high.

‘We see that the earthquake frequency is very high, this is worrying when it comes to eruption,’ Pak Kasbani, the head of the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, told ABC.

‘The areas should be closed, no hiking because the seismic activity will trigger dangerous gas.’ 

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. 

It 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

It 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

The 'Ring of Fire' is where tectonic plates collide and move, causing almost 90 per cent of the world's earthquakes.

The ‘Ring of Fire’ is where tectonic plates collide and move, causing almost 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes.

An officer monitors seismic waves at the Mount Agung monitoring station in Bali on Wednesday

An officer monitors seismic waves at the Mount Agung monitoring station in Bali on Wednesday

A man and a boy are pictured fighting over the binoculars at the viewing point

A man and a boy are pictured fighting over the binoculars at the viewing point

Smoke billows from Mount Agung as locals feared an eruption triggered by the quake

Smoke billows from Mount Agung as locals feared an eruption triggered by the quake

No volcanic ash has been seen, but smoke is billowing from the crater (pictured)

No volcanic ash has been seen, but smoke is billowing from the crater (pictured)

Flames can be seen coming from the volcano's crater at night

Flames can be seen coming from the volcano’s crater at night

Officials significantly increased the size of the evacuation zone around the volcano on Monday, raising the alert level to high

Officials significantly increased the size of the evacuation zone around the volcano on Monday, raising the alert level to high

No volcanic ash has been seen, but smoke is rising from the crater, he said. 

Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika told locals this week measures were in place to handle an eruption and urged them to remain calm.

‘This is a natural disaster, we cannot avoid it, we can’t stop it exploding but we can reduce the number of victims and loses,’ he said.

‘If you have to evacuate, you evacuate.’

The earthquake in Indonesia came just hours after a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck near Vanuatu.

A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck near Vanuatu, sparking concerns of a tsunami in the Pacific

A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck near Vanuatu, sparking concerns of a tsunami in the Pacific

Vanuatu, which has a population of 270,000, is made up of 80 nations scattered across 1,300 kilometres of ocean

Vanuatu, which has a population of 270,000, is made up of 80 nations scattered across 1,300 kilometres of ocean

The earthquake struck Erromago, an island in the Vanuatu archipelago roughly 135 kilometres south of the capital city of Port Vila, at 7.09am local time on Thursday.

Initial fears of a tsunami threat across the Pacific region were squashed after it was revealed the earthquake struck at a depth of 200 kilometres.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirmed there were no tsunami threats following the Vanuatu quake.

‘Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii,’ the centre said. 

There have been no reports yet detailing the extent of damage done to Erromago, a tiny island with a population of just under 2,000 people. 

Mexico was devastated by a 7.1 magnitude on Tuesday, killing more than 200 people and leaving hundreds more trapped underneath collapsed buildings (pictured)

Mexico was devastated by a 7.1 magnitude on Tuesday, killing more than 200 people and leaving hundreds more trapped underneath collapsed buildings (pictured)

A person is rescued from the debris in Mexico City after the devastating earthquake

A person is rescued from the debris in Mexico City after the devastating earthquake

New Zealand has been rocked by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake which struck southwest of Invercargill

New Zealand has been rocked by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake which struck southwest of Invercargill

Vanuatu, which has a population of 270,000, is made up of 80 nations scattered across 1,300 kilometres of ocean. 

The island country sits directly on top of the ‘Ring of Fire’, a place where tectonic plates collide and move causing almost 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes. 

Mexico was devastated by a 7.1 magnitude on Tuesday, killing at least 230 people and leaving hundreds more trapped underneath collapsed buildings. 

Two powerful earthquakes struck New Zealand on Wednesday, while Japan had scares of a national disaster after a quake hit off the coast east of Fukushima early on Thursday morning. 

Residents of Wellington (pictured, stock image) reported feeling the second of two quakes to hit New Zealand on Wednesday

Residents of Wellington (pictured, stock image) reported feeling the second of two quakes to hit New Zealand on Wednesday

Reports from GeoNet (pictured) showed the second quake being felt strongly around Wellington and the Cook Strai

Reports from GeoNet (pictured) showed the second quake being felt strongly around Wellington and the Cook Strait

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