Monday 10 December 2018

In Pictures: Dazzling display as Mayon volcano spews lava

Mount Mayon in the Philippines has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently.

Mount Mayon volcano erupts (AP/Bullit Marquez)
Mount Mayon volcano erupts (AP/Bullit Marquez)

By Bullit Marquez

Lava spewing from the Philippines’ most active volcano has flowed nearly two miles from the crater in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption.

Mount Mayon has sent lava up to 2,000ft high at times and its ash plumes stretched up to three miles above the crater.

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Philippines Volcano
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Authorities expanded the no-go zone to five miles) from the crater (AP/Earl Recamunda)
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At least 56,217 people were taking shelter in 46 evacuation camps (AP/Dan Amaranto)
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Residents watch from Legazpi city, Albay provinc (AP/Bullit Marquez)
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Pyroclastic material cascades down the slopes (AP/Bullit Marquez)
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Residents living in the danger zone are moved to safer ground (AP/Bullit Marquez)
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More than 30,000 ash masks, along with food, water and medicine, have been sent to the region (AP/Bullit Marquez)
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Mayon has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years (AP/Bullit Marquez)
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The Philippines, which has about 22 active volcanoes (AP/Bullit Marquez)
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Authorities have warned a violent eruption may occur in hours (AP/Bullit Marquez)

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