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Ash eruption from Philippines volcano triggers evacuation

From Reuters - January 13, 2018

MANILA (Reuters) - An active volcano in central Philippines spewed ash into the air on Saturday, prompting the countrys disaster agency to order the immediate evacuation of residents in nearby villages.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it was closely monitoring the Mayon volcano in Albay province, which last erupted in 2014.

Mayons most destructive eruption was in February 1841, when lava flows buried a town and killed 1,200 people.

The volcano, known for its near-perfect cone shape, is on the lowest alert level despite a phreatic or steam-driven eruption, meaning people are not allowed to stay within a six-kilometer permanent danger zone, Phivolcs said.

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