Philippine volcano spews ash; villagers evacuated

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Traces of ash fell on Barangays Anoling, Sua, Quirangay, Tumpa, Ilawod and Salugan of Camalig and in Barangays Tandarora, Maninila and Travesia in Guinobatan.

Residents were evacuated from two villages near the volcano, a tourist attraction in Albay province because of its near-perfect cone shape, following a "phreatic or steam-driven eruption" on Saturday, and there was a further eruption on Sunday.

The Philvocs still advised the affected residents not to enter the 6 kilometer permanent danger zone to avoid harm caused by sudden explosions.

Mayon in the Philippines, police said on Sunday.

Gomez said of the 665 families and 2,287 persons, 475 families or 1,576 persons were brought to Guinobatan Elementary Central School; 98 families or 343 persons to Cabangan Elementary School; and 92 families or 368 persons to Anoling Elementary School.

ASHFALL. A man uses a white cloth to cover his mouth and nose in Camalig, Albay amid ashfall from the Mayon Volcano.

"That is why there is no need for forced evacuation since there is already a threat [coming from Mayon]".

Saturday's eruption unleashed ash, rocks and sulfuric odour, and was followed by rumbling sounds and a faint glow in the crater, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

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Marasigan said the OCD Bicol regional director initiated a plan for sustaining the needs of evacuees in case their stays in their respective evacuation centers would be extended.

A second ash eruption was also recorded before noon on Sunday.

"The Phivolcs can not say how long the evacuees should stay in the evacuation centers because it might take weeks and it [decision] will always depend on the activity of Mayon Volcano", she added.

The volcano has been displaying abnormal behavior since late a year ago.

The active volcano emitted a plume of ash and steam at 11:43 a.m., which drifted southwest towards the town of Camalig, Mariton Bornas, chief of the Phivolcs volcano monitoring division, told ABS-CBN News.

People living near Mount Mayon has been ordered to evacuate their homes amid increasing volcanic activity.

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.