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Evacuation Underway Due To Mayon Volcano Eruption

Written by: on 15th December 2009 |
APTOPIX Philippines Volcano
Evacuation Underway Due To Mayon Volcano Eruption

Lava cascades down the slopes of Mayon volcano in Legazpi city, Albay province, at dawn Tuesday Dec. 15, 2009 about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, PHIVOLCS, has raised the five-alert level to three following increased activity of the country's most active volcano and residents are prohibited from venturing into the 6-kilometer (4 miles) permanent danger zone. In December 2006 ash deposits from a previous eruption rolled down its slopes at the onslaught of a typhoon killing more than a thousand residents living around the cone-shaped volcano. (AP Photo/Nelson Salting)  | read this item

An estimated 20,000 people have already left their homes in the Philippines after lava and ash flowed from one of the country’s most active volcanoes, Mount Mayon in the Bicol region.

Soldiers and police directed the evacuation from around the foothills of Mayon volcano amid concerns that a big eruption could occur at any moment.

Philippine officials raised the alert level for Mayon on Monday. Mayon, 330km (206 miles) south-east of the capital Manila, has erupted 48 times since records began.

The head of the disaster relief operations in the region, Cedric Daep, said the authorities aimed to evacuate nearly 50,000 people from villages within eight kilometres of the volcano by Thursday.

He said that after a series of ash puffs and ash explosions up to 1,000m high, a major explosion could not be ruled out.

After the most recent eruption of Mount Mayon in August 2006, huge deposits of volcanic ash were left on its slopes.

However, the volcano remains a popular tourist attraction and is famous for its perfect cone.

The Philippines is part of the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire” that is known for its volcanic activity. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology lists 22 active volcanoes in the country.

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