Mayon volcano eruption infographic
Graphic shows danger zones around Mount Mayon.
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Residents displaced as Philippine volcano spews lava, gases

June 13, 2023 - Thousands of people have been evacuated after Mount Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines, began spewing lava down its slopes on Sunday.

According to latest data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, over 14,000 residents have so far been evacuated from the 6km permanent danger zone around the volcano, which is under Alert Level 3 due to signs of an increased tendency towards “hazardous” eruption.

The provincial government of Albay on Monday also placed residents inside the 7km extended danger zone under a preparedness status, according to CNN Philippines.

Mayon is among the most active of the Philippines’ 24 volcanoes, having erupted more than 50 times in the last four centuries. Its most destructive eruption came in February 1841 when lava flows buried a town and killed 1,200 people, Reuters said.

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PUBLISHED: 13/06/2023; STORY: Graphic News
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