Alert level raised after volcano eruption in the Philippines

Villages ordered evacuated after Mayon spews ash

"This means that current unrest is probably of magmatic origin, which could lead to more phreatic eruptions or eventually hazardous magmatic eruptions", PHIVOLCS said in a 12:30 a.m. bulletin, Sunday.

Residents were evacuated from two villages near the volcano on Saturday.

The Philippines raised the alert level at its rumbling Mayon volcano south of Manila to Level 3 on Sunday after detecting lava flow and indications of activity that could lead to eruptions of magma.

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. Since the eruptions, a "faint crater glow" has been observed, while the "rockfall events have been intermittently recorded and are continuing", the agency added.

PHIVOLCS raised alert level 2 over Mayon Volcano early Sunday, meaning there is increasing unrest, after the volcano spewed ash on Saturday afternoon.

Mayon's biggest eruption was in 1841, when lava flows buried a town, killing 1,200 people.

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

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Phivolcs also reiterated that pilots must "avoid flying close to the volcano's summit as ash from any sudden eruption can be hazardous to aircraft".

People living outside the danger zone have been warned to take precautions against potential roof collapses due to the weight of ash and rainfall.

Since Saturday's first eruption, Phivolcs said it had recorded 158 rockfall events and urged people to stay away from a 6km radius Permanent Danger Zone and a 7km Expanded Danger Zone on the volcano's southern flank.

We have not reached the critical level, he said in a radio interview.

Officials raised the alert level around Mount Mayon in Albay province to critical after it spewed ash thousands of metres into the air and magma could be seen glowing in the crater.

Disaster-response officials said almost 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 on Saturday.

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