Mayon volcano erupts in Philippines

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Manila - An elderly man died in the Philippines after being evacuated from his home as the country's most active volcano ejected fiery lava, police said on Tuesday.

Mayon Volcano has been under alert level 3 since Monday which means that there is an "increased tendency toward hazardous eruption within weeks or days". More than 5,000 evacuated the area on Saturday and Sunday as officials raised the alert level due to the possibility of a hazardous eruption.

Authorities advised people to cover their noses and mouths with a damp, clean cloth or dust mask if they were exposed to ash from the eruptions, and said aircraft must avoid flying close to the volcano's summit.

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said they continue to closely monitor Mayon after Monday's "lava fountaining".

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, lava flowed as far as 1.2 miles from the crater while ash from the volcanic activity spread to several communities in the northeastern Albay Province, where Mayon is located. Level 5 indicates an eruption is in progress.

"The presence of lava fountains and flows, accompanied by rumbling sounds, is an indication that the volcano is gearing up for an explosive hazardous eruption", said Villacorte.

Mayon volcano erupts spewing lava into the air
GETTYMayon volcano erupts spewing lava into the air

Board member Raul Rosal, presiding officer, said the declaration is needed to enable the local government units to utilize their calamity funds for disaster response operations.

Mayor Ahrdail Baldo of Camalig town said that although the local government has been ready for evacuation, "I am anxious about food supply".

The first occurred at 9:41 a.m. and at 10:05 a.m. that lasted five minutes and seven minutes, based on seismic record, respectively.

Ash fall was reported in Barangays Travesia, Muladbucad Grande, Maninila, Masarawag, Poblacion, Iraya, Ilawod, Calzada, Inamnan Grande, Inamnan Pequeño, Maguiron, Quitago and Mauraro in Guinobatan; Barangays Cabangan, Anoling, Sua, Tumpa, Quirangay, Gapo, Sumlang, Barangay 1 to 7 in Camalig town.

As a result, classes in these areas remained suspended because classrooms have been used as temporary evacuation centres where the evacuees received relief items from the national and provincial governments, according to Marasigan.

"Collapse events and some degassing events at the summit crater generated ash that rose to two kilometers and fell on villages of Camalig, Guinobatan and Polangui", Phivolcs said.

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