Philippines volcanic eruption led 10,000 to flee

tuesday aug 8 2006

Philippines’ 8,118-foot Mayon volcano threw six explosions of ash about a half mile into the air, endangering tens of thousands of people. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert to Level 4, the second-highest level, warning the people to evacuate the region.

On Monday, about 35,000 villagers were being evacuated. An additional 20,000 people will be moved out following a major eruption, Gov. Fernando Gonzalez of Albay province said. The government’s permanent “danger zone” has also been extended from 4.3 miles to 5 miles on the southern side of the volcano.

Via: Associated Press

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