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Philippines Mayon volcano eruption possible within weeks or days

Staff Writer |
The Philippines' chief volcanologist warned of a possible hazardous eruption at Mount Mayon "within weeks or even within days", as magma continued to pile up at the summit of the Southeast Asian country's most active volcano.

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e 2,462-metre high volcano, a tourist attraction in central Albay province because of its near-perfect cone shape, spewed ash and burning mud and rocks over the past two days, forcing more than 3000 residents to evacuate from nearby villages.

It showed a bright crater glow on Sunday, signifying lava had started to flow from the crater.

Manila's airport authorities said airline Cebu Pacific had cancelled flights to nearby Legazpi City for a second day on Monday, citing bad weather.

Mayon's most destructive eruption was in February 1841, when lava buried a town and killed 1200 people. It last erupted in 2014, spewing lava and forcing thousands of people to evacuate.

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