Lava spreads more than 3 kilo­me­tres from Philip­pine vol­cano

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - International Business -

Lava flow­ing out a Philip­pine vol­cano has spread up to 3.6 kilo­me­tres since it be­gan in­tense erup­tions more than two weeks ago.

Streaks of red glowed atop the sum­mit of Mount Mayon dur­ing a mild erup­tion Thurs­day morn­ing as the moon set, hours af­ter a blue moon and su­per­moon co­in­cided with a lu­nar eclipse.

The Philip­pine In­sti­tute of Vol­canol­ogy and Seis­mol­ogy said lava foun­tains and emis­sions of gas and ash have been spo­radic. The erup­tions fed lava flows in two ar­eas that al­ready ex­ceed 3 kilo­me­tres. The danger zone around Mayon ex­tends 8 kilo­me­tres, though au­thor­i­ties have strug­gled to keep vil­lagers from re­turn­ing to check on their homes and farms and tourists from try­ing to pho­to­graph the vol­cano’s dra­matic dis­plays.

Mayon in north­east­ern Al­bay prov­ince has been erupt­ing for more than two weeks, forc­ing more than 84,000 vil­lagers to flee to crowded emer­gency shel­ters. Scientists fear a more vi­o­lent erup­tion could be im­mi­nent. –

Photo: AP

The su­per blue blood moon, seen through vol­canic ash cloud, sets be­fore dawn as lava cas­cades down the slopes of Mayon vol­cano dur­ing a mild erup­tion, as seen from Sto. Domingo town­ship, Al­bay prov­ince, Philip­pines, on Thurs­day.

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