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Mayon Volcano spews lava

A photo taken on Jan. 25, 2018 from the city of Legazpi, Albay province, south of Manila, shows a fiery fountaining during an eruption of the Mayon volcano as it emits molten lava. (Photo: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands flee

A huge plume of ash billowed from the glowing peak of the Philippines’ most active volcano on Thursday, as more residents of surrounding areas fled and experts warned of further escalation 12 days after it started to erupt.

A cloud hovered some 8,202 feet (2,500 metres) above Mount Mayon in central Albay province and orange lava fountained and flowed down from its crater as magma continued to move beneath.

Scientists recorded regular episodes of intense activity throughout the day. Tourists, residents and media gathered at vantage points to document the drama at the country’s most impressive volcano, which last erupted in 2014.

Mayon’s unrest has displaced about 75,500 people, the majority of whom are in evacuation centers, where children lined up for meals and parents braced for the possibility of a long stay away from home. (Reuters)

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