Alert level raised after volcano eruption in the Philippines

Mayon’s crater is exhibiting bright crater glow that signifies the growth of a new lava dome and beginnings of lava flow towards the southern slopes

In the second eruption, the volcano emitted a grayish steam and ash cloud as sulfurous odor was also detected where rumbling sounds were heard by residents in Barangay Anolong in Camalig.

Mayon, one of the most active volcanoes in the country, first spewed ashes, which reached 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) in a phreatic eruption, lasting for nearly two hours on Saturday afternoon. Anoling, Camalig. Since the eruption, rockfall events have been intermittently recorded and are continuing as of the time of the release of this bulletin.

The authorities have warned people off a six-km radius around the volcano, and have issued a level 2 alert as concern grew over the possibility of stronger and more unsafe eruptions.

The Philippines has raised the alert level around an erupting volcano after signs magma is rising inside.

"Phreatic eruption at Mayon Volcano at 8:49 a.m., ashfall should be expected on the southwest and west slopes", the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said on its Facebook page on Sunday.

Thousands of people have been moved to safe shelters following the eruption of Mt. Mayon in the Philippines, police said on Sunday.

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Cedric Daep, Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office chief, said residents from communities within a six-kilometer zone around the volcano's crater have been ordered evacuated, including parts of Guinobatan, Ligao City, Camalig and Daraga.

The level of danger was etched-up a notch following concerns that the phreatic or steam-driven eruptions could lead to hazardous emissions. It also said aircraft must avoid flying close to the volcano's summit.

"Please wear [a] protective dust mask or wet, damp cloth to cover your nose and mouth", Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara said. It was at its most deadly in February 1841, when 1200 people were killed and lava buried a town.

Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum said the volcano appeared due for another eruption as it has been displaying abnormal behavior since late a year ago.

Residents outside the 6-km PDZ who are experiencing ashfall should also take precautionary measures.

"Alert level 3 is what we considered critical, 4 is when eruption is imminent, and 5 is eruption in progress", he said, adding that people in evacuation centers may be allowed to return homes if Phivolcs does not raise the level.

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