Vil­lagers flee stir­ring crater

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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.

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