Philippines Volcano Erupting, Thousands Evacuated (Updated) + (Video)

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Philippines is on high alert as most active volcano erupted and lava flows down its crater. More than 9,000 people have been evacuated from the danger zone. The volcano could turn explosive, scientists warn.

Keep on reading to know more.

Update (4:40 a.m. EST Jan.17):

Locals published videos of volcano eruption: 

Mayon volcano

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Source: Charism Sayat/AFP/Getty Images

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) published the alert at the Mayon volcano in the southern part of Luzon with “level 3” after observing steam eruptions and a bright lava glow.

The volcano is situated on the island of Luzon, about 330 kilometers (205 miles) southeast of Manila.
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The volcano is “exhibiting relatively high unrest,” the agency said in a tweet on Sunday, adding that “hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days.”

A “bright crater glow” at the summit crater indicates “the growth of a new lava dome and beginnings of lava flow towards the southern slopes,” the agency said.

The agency recommended creating an 11 km (7 miles) danger zone around the volcano to mitigate against “rockfalls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapse.”
The tweet also advised pilots not to fly near the summit, since ash could be hazardous to aircraft.


As it was reported more than 9,000 local people were evacuated from the area around the volcano.

“It’s risky if people will be left behind,” Solidum said of villagers who stay to watch over their homes within a permanent danger zone around the volcano.

Since 1616, the imposing stratovolcano has erupted 47 times, with many of the explosions causing deadly mudflows and ash falls.

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Source:  Earl Recamunda/AP

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Philippines is on high alert as most active volcano erupted and lava flows down its crater. More than 9,000 people have been evacuated from the danger zone. The volcano could turn explosive, scientists warn.
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