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Bali's highest volcano is showing "greater than ever" seismic activity with hundreds of tremors recorded daily, authorities have said, signalling that eruption could be imminent.

Most of the cabins have been destroyed in the neighboring village after the eruption of Agung volcano in Bali on March 26, 1963. "A large eruption and ash emissions could impact air travel in the region", the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Indonesia advised in a security message released September 21.

Officials have said there's no immediate threat to tourists, but some are already cutting short their stays in Bali.

Bali has become a popular tourist destination and just past year, almost five million people visited Bali from different parts of the world.

Foreigners have disrespected the mountain which has angered "the beast" and this is why it is about to erupt, residents living near to Mt Agung insist.

Agung is in the north of the island about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the tourist hotspot of Kuta.

"The streets were suddenly really busy and there were a few tremors, so there was a mass panic, with roads blocked".

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Head of Information Data Center and Public Relation of National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho in a written statement on Wednesday (9/27) said visually low-pressure smoke from the crater is seen white with a thin intensity and height of 50 meters above the crater peak. "While the government will continue to try to minimise the economic losses of the community, the most important priority is the safety of the people here", he said.

"There is no certainty when it will erupt, or even if it will erupt".

"We are monitoring all developments, and if there is an eruption, we are ready", says Riyanto. Relief operations have commenced with vehicles delivering more food, face masks, and bedding to the evacuees.

Officials have warned that Mount Agung in eastern Bali could erupt at any time, prompting several countries including Australia and Singapore to issue travel advisor for one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

The volcano last erupted in 1963, an event that claimed 1,600 lives and saw volcanic ash reach as far as the capital Jakarta.

Government vulcanologist Surono, who uses one name, said the feared eruption could be huge and potentially also close airports in East Java and Lombok, according to local media reports.

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