Mount Mayon gets scarier, Philippines fears imminent eruption - Mount Mayon erupts

Mount Mayon gets scarier, Philippines fears imminent eruption - Mount Mayon erupts

Mount Mayon erupts

The Mount Mayon volcano became active on January 13. The volcanic eruption that was initially labelled as "gentle" has prompted thousands to leave their homes, as alert levels, currently standing at 4, were gradually raised by authorities.

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Mount Mayon gets scarier, Philippines fears imminent eruption - Mount Mayon erupts

Grim situation

Scientists have indicated that a hazardous eruption is indeed imminent as the volcano continues to exhibit seismic unrest and summit eruptions.

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Mount Mayon gets scarier, Philippines fears imminent eruption - Mount Mayon erupts

Shrouded in smoke

A driver cleans ash from the windshield of his bus after Mount Mayon shot up a giant mushroom-shaped cloud as it continues to erupt in Ligao town, near Legazpi City in Albay province.

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Heavy ashfall

A resident covers her face from ashfall after a giant mushroom-shaped cloud, emanating from Mount Mayon, darkened the skies in surrounding areas.

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A violent past

Fears of an impending eruption has scared away tens and thousands of people from their native cities. Mayon is touted to be Philippines' most active volcano and has a history of violent eruptions with the deadliest one claiming over 1,200 lives in 1814.

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Mount Mayon gets scarier, Philippines fears imminent eruption - Mount Mayon erupts

Living dangerously!

Residents, wearing masks, go on their daily business as Mayon volcano's eruption plunge some townships in darkness.

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Mount Mayon gets scarier, Philippines fears imminent eruption - Mount Mayon erupts

Fleeing the city

Residents boarding a truck as they prepare to depart to the evacuation centre in the wake of Mayon volcano spewing ash in the Ligao city in Philippines.

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Mount Mayon gets scarier, Philippines fears imminent eruption - Mount Mayon erupts

Rescue operations

Military trucks were used to evacuate thousands from nearby villages and towns at the Albay province. Residents fled cities, leaving behind their homes, as military personnel stepped in to help them shift to evacuation centres.

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Mount Mayon gets scarier, Philippines fears imminent eruption - Mount Mayon erupts

Relief & aid

Residents who evacuated from Mayon volcano's eruption getting a ration of rice inside a public school in Legazpi, Albay, Philippines.

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Mount Mayon gets scarier, Philippines fears imminent eruption - Mount Mayon erupts

The lava deluge

The Mayon volcano has a history of frequent eruptions that produce pyroclastic flows, mud flows and ash falls that repeatedly triggered large-scale evacuations. The 1814 eruption buried the entire town of Cagsawa in volcanic mud.

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Mount Mayon gets scarier, Philippines fears imminent eruption - Mount Mayon erupts

The black sand

Residents harvest black sand coming from Mayon volcano as is spews ash and lava in Albay, Philippines.

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Mount Mayon gets scarier, Philippines fears imminent eruption - Mount Mayon erupts

The giant smoke of cloud

A huge column of ash shoots up to the sky during the eruption of Mayon volcano on Monday (January 22) 2018. The picture has been taken from the Daraga township in Legazpi city, located around 340 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Manila.

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The mighty mountain

A view of the Mayon Volcano after a new eruption in Legazpi city in Philippines.

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Mount Mayon gets scarier, Philippines fears imminent eruption - Mount Mayon erupts

Major eruption imminent

Mayon is popular with climbers and tourists but has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently. On Tuesday, a thunderous explosion broke the silence at dawn, sending thousands of villagers back to evacuation centres and prompting a warning that a violent eruption may be imminent.

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