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Mount Mayon Volcano: Thousands Evacuated as Lava Spreads

Mount Mayon Volcano: Thousands Evacuated as Lava Spreads

The glow of lava from the cloud-covered Mayon volcano as it erupts is pictured from the Philippine city of Legazpi in Albay province on Monday. (Simvale Sayat/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 10:30 AM

The Mayon volcano in the Philippines unleashed burning mud and rocks on Sunday and on Monday the government forced evacuation of people from municipalities near the restive volcano and a volcanologist warned of a possible hazardous eruption "within weeks or even within days."

More than 12,000 residents have already fled to evacuation centers from the 8,077-foot volcano in central Albay province, Reuters reported.

"There is an ongoing forced evacuation from the municipalities of Daraga and Legazpi because of the lava flow," Romina Marasigan, spokeswoman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, told reporters.

"The lava flow has reached some areas around three kilometers away from the volcano."

Mayon, a tourist attraction because of its near-perfect cone shape, showed a bright crater glow on Sunday, signifying lava had started to flow from the crater.

Manila's airport authorities said Cebu Pacific had cancelled flights to nearby Legazpi City for a second day on Monday, citing bad weather.

Philippine Airlines said it had not cancelled any flights to and from Legazpi, but there were some delays.

Mayon's most destructive eruption was in February 1841, when lava buried a town and killed 1,200 people. It last erupted in 2014, spewing lava and forcing thousands of people to evacuate.

The Philippines raised the volcano alert to level 3, which indicates increased volcanic activity toward a hazardous eruption, late on Sunday.

Level 5 indicates an eruption is in progress.

People have been advised to stay away from a 4-mile radius Permanent Danger Zone and an Expanded Danger Zone on the volcano's southern flank.

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The Mayon volcano in the Philippines unleashed burning mud and rocks on Sunday and on Monday the government forced evacuation of people from municipalities near the restive volcano and a volcanologist warned of a possible hazardous eruption "within weeks or even within days."
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