Villagers flee stirring crater
FEARS an active volcano could erupt has prompted the evacuation of villagers in the central Philippines.
Yesterday’s alert followed signs of rising magma in the restive Mayon volcano. Residents were evacuated from two villages near the volcano, a tourist attraction in Albay province, following a “steamdriven eruption” on Saturday. The explosion unleashed ash, rocks and sulfuric odour, followed by rumbling sounds and a faint glow in the crater.
Mayon last erupted in2014. Its most destructive eruption was in 1841, when lava buried a town and killed 1200 people.