Over 11000 Displaced By Volcano Eruption In Philippines Return Home

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Solidum warned of two possible outcomes - a series of continuous lava eruptions or a more risky pyroclastic flow in which hot lava blocks, pumice, ash, and volcanic gas could move down the mountain.

The highest alert level is five.

The danger zone is extended to eight kilometers, PHIVOLCS director Renato Solidum told CNN Philippines.

The agency raised the alert level of Mayon after it spewed a giant ash column past noon yesterday.

Mr Solidum said the movement of hot lava blocks, pumice, ash and gas along the slopes of Mt Mayon could reach up to three kilometers.

The number of evacuees has swollen to more than 30,296 after Mayon ejected lava and smoke up to 5,000 meters above the crater at 12:45 p.m. yesterday, APSEMO reported. With its near-perfect cone, it is popular with climbers and tourists but has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently. Bichara also advised that everyone, "wear their facemasks and stay indoors".

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Officials suspended classes in all levels private and public in the whole province of Albay.

"If the eruption is vertical, it's possible pyroclastic flows or pyroclastic density currents may cascade down in all directions", Mr Solidum said. The status is a step below Level 5, indicating a hazardous eruption. There is magma beneath the volcano, which might be erupted. "Maybe tomorrow, there will no eruption, and the following day there will be [one]". Marasigan said it could be weeks before families can return to their homes.

More than 27,000 locals have been forced to evacuate from nearby villages as authorities fear the eruption is fast approaching. The eruption of steam and ash, as opposed to lava, is called a phreatic eruption.

The huge ash cloud was the result of an extreme explosion from the Philippines' most active volcano, prompting authorities to warn that an eruption is imminent.

For his part, Legazpi Mayor Noel Rosal has ordered the mandatory evacuation of the residents of Barangays Matanag, Mabinit, Buyuan, Bonga and Padang, which are nearest to Mayon.

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