Ash erup­tion from Philip­pines vol­cano trig­gers evac­u­a­tion

Fiji Sun - - Asia News -

Manila: An ac­tive vol­cano in cen­tral Philip­pines spewed ash into the air on Satur­day, prompt­ing the coun­try’s dis­as­ter agency to or­der the im­me­di­ate evac­u­a­tion of res­i­dents in nearby vil­lages.

The Philip­pine In­sti­tute of Vol­canol­ogy and Seis­mol­ogy (Phivolcs) said it was closely mon­i­tor­ing the Mayon vol­cano in Al­bay prov­ince, which last erupted in 2014.

Mayon’s most destruc­tive erup­tion was in Fe­bru­ary 1841, when lava flows buried a town and killed 1,200 peo­ple.

The vol­cano, known for its near-perfect cone shape, is on the low­est alert level de­spite a “phreatic or steam­driven erup­tion”.

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