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Philippine volcano rumbles back to life, thousands evacuated

AP  |  Manila 

The Philippines' most active rumbled back to life today with rising to its crater in a gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers.

The Philippine Institute of and Seismology warned a "hazardous eruption" of Mount Mayon, located in province in the northeastern Philippines, is possible within weeks or even days.

Renato Solidum, who heads the institute, said three steam-explosions at the since Saturday have spewed ash into nearby villages and may have breached solidified at the crater and caused to start to flow out of the 2,460-metre (8,070-foot)

"Lava has flowed out of the volcano's crater already but it's just starting. It's a non-explosive eruption," Solidum told "We have to verify tomorrow if it will flow continuously."

Disaster-response officials said nearly 1,000 families have been moved to emergency shelters, including some from a permanent danger zone around Mayon, since the volcano started spewing steam and ash yesterday.

A popular tourist attraction because of its near-perfect cone, lies in coconut-producing province, about 340 km southeast of

The volcano has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently, endangering thousands of poor villagers who insist on living or farming in the danger zone.

Villagers living near the volcano, which last erupted four years ago, have erected huge white crosses at the entrance of their neighborhoods, hoping they will protect them from harm.

On May 7, 2013, the volcano suddenly spewed ash, killing five climbers, including three Germans, who had ventured near the summit despite warnings of possible danger.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 22:10 IST