Mayon volcano spreads lava almost 2 miles from crater

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 03:07 AM    Views : 422by:SunStar Manila

MANILA. Mayon volcano spews red-hot lava in another eruption as seen from Legazpi City, Albay province, roughly 200 miles (340 kilometers) southeast of Manila, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Mayon has spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes anew in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent 56,000 villagers fleeing to evacuation centers. (AP)

LEGAZPI -- Lava fountaining regularly from the Philippines' most active volcano has flowed up to 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the crater in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption.

Mount Mayon was spewing lava up to 600 meters (2,000 feet) high and its ash plumes stretched up to five kilometers (3 miles) above the crater.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Wednesday morning two of the lava flows had advanced more than a kilometer (.6 miles) and pyroclastic flows superheated gas and volcanic debris had reached 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the crater in one area.

Authorities on Monday had expanded the no-go zone around Mayon to eight kilometers (5 miles) from the crater, and more than 56,000 people were staying in evacuation centers as of Tuesday afternoon. (AP)


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