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Tourists pose for selfies in front of Bali's Mt Agung

As Bali's Mount Agung threatens to erupt and locals fear for their lives, Instagram has been flooded with selfies of tourists posing in front of the volcano.

Mount Agung has been spewing black columns of volcanic ash for more than a week, creating a dramatic skyline over the area - which is part of one of the world's most popular resort islands.

The ash cloud has caused travel chaos, with some flights from Australia and other places being delayed or cancelled altogether and leaving some travellers stranded.

Instagram has been flooded with selfies of tourists posing in front of Bali's Mount Agung volcano

Instagram has been flooded with selfies of tourists posing in front of Bali's Mount Agung volcano

The tropical paradise is a selfie-loving tourist's dream at the best of times. The erupting volcano has added another layer of interest.

But is it insensitive for tourists to use the volcano as a backdrop for their holiday snaps? 

More than 100,000 locals remain displaced as the volcano emits a bright orange glow around its crater and gushes ash as high as 7,600m into the air.

Hundreds of photos have emerged on the photo sharing platform, showing tourists taking selfies with the violent volcano in the background.

Tourists have posed from their resorts and hotels, overlooking the violent volcano

Tourists have posed from their resorts and hotels, overlooking the violent volcano

An exclusion zone of 10km remains in place as tourists pose from a safe distance

An exclusion zone of 10km remains in place as tourists pose from a safe distance

A couple wearing masks over their faces to protect from the ash and smoke pose with Mount Agung in the background

A couple wearing masks over their faces to protect from the ash and smoke pose with Mount Agung in the background

Many have posed in front of the Lempuyang Temple, or 'Gates of Heaven', as ash and smoke can be seen gushing from Mount Agung. 

Many of the photos have been captioned as a 'once in a lifetime' shot.

Australian woman Jill Powers told Daily Mail Australia she wanted to travel to Bali to witness the active volcano herself.

'Sounds stupid but yes, I have it on my bucket list to see a live volcano,' Ms Powers said.

'I think it would be my only chance to tick it off.'

Many have posed in front of the Lempuyang Temple, or 'Gates of Heaven', as ash and smoke can be seen gushing from Mount Agung

Many have posed in front of the Lempuyang Temple, or 'Gates of Heaven', as ash and smoke can be seen gushing from Mount Agung

One woman practices her yoga as ash clouds from the smoking volcano can be seen in the background

One woman practices her yoga as ash clouds from the smoking volcano can be seen in the background

Two friends wearing masks pose in their bikini's from a safe distance from ash and smoke

Two friends wearing masks pose in their bikini's from a safe distance from ash and smoke

The last time Mount Agung erupted, more than 1,100 people

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