Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands flee

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The 8,077 foot-tall volcano is popular with tourists because of its near-perfect cone shape.

But the Philippines most active volcano erupted twice over the weekend, with volcanic activity at Mt Mayon continuing this week as a number of tremors have been felt in Luzon.

And last night a stunning light show was emitted from the Philippines’ Mount Mayon volcano, spewing out lava which has poured more than four miles from the crater.

More than 34,000 locals have been forced to flee the area as the eruption continues but no injuries have been reported so far.


Officials strongly advised people not to venture into a danger zone about 3.7 to 4.3 miles around Mayon.

Those being cautioned included residents who want to check their homes, farms and animals, and tourists seeking a closer view.

Office of Civil Defense regional director Claudio Yucot said: “They say it’s beauty juxtaposed with danger.”

Danny Garcia, spokesman for Albay province, added: “It’s a spectacle to watch. Its beauty and fury in one, especially at night.


“But it’s a natural phenomenon so we don’t know when explosive eruption will happen.”

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it had recorded nine more tremors, four of which accompanied lava fountains, as pressure leads to lava flows and ash plumes.

Albay officials declared a state of calamity in the province of more than a million people to allow more rapid disbursement of disaster funds.


“We have witnessed lava fountaining yesterday, that’s why we have additional families who evacuated due to the threat,” said Romina Marasigan, spokeswoman of the government’s main disaster-response agency.

Scientists have not yet detected enough volcanic earthquakes of the type that would prompt them to raise the alert level to four on a scale of five, which would indicate an explosive eruption may be imminent, experts revealed.