Philippines' most active volcano continues to spew lava and ash


The Philippines' most active volcano has been at it again.

Mayon continued to spew lava and ash early Tuesday morning, only a day after the volcano's eruption forced thousands of residents around the area to evacuate.

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From Monday evening to dawn on Tuesday, lava fountains reached up to 700 meters (2,296 feet) high as ash plumes reached up to 3 kilometers (3,280 yards) above the crater, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. 

At midday Monday, a 5-kilometer-tall ash column from an explosive eruption prompted authorities to upgrade the alert level to 4, the second-highest on the scale. The no-entry danger zone was also expanded to 8 kilometers (5 miles) around the volcano.

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PHILIPPINES - 2018/01/23: Lava flows from the slope of Mt. Mayon in Daraga, Albay. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS) declared alert number 4 and wider the danger zone area to 8 kilometers from after explosions wit volcanic ash yesterday. (Photo by Gregorio B. Dantes Jr./Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PHILIPPINES - 2018/01/22: Lava flows from the slope of Mt. Mayon in Daraga, Albay. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS) declared alert number 4 and wider the danger zone area to 8 kilometers from after explosions wit volcanic ash yesterday. (Photo by Gregorio B. Dantes Jr./Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
DARAGA, PHILIPPINES - JANUARY 23 : Lava flows from the peak of the Mayon volcano in Daraga, Albay, Philippines on January 23, 2018. Disaster officials were placed on red alert status after state volcanologists declared Mayon Volcano is under alert level four from level three, Hazardous eruption is imminent. Authorities said over 70,000 people have been evacuated after the volcano, the most active in the archipelago, began acting up last week. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DARAGA, PHILIPPINES - JANUARY 23 : Lava flows from the peak of the Mayon volcano in Daraga, Albay, Philippines on January 23, 2018. Disaster officials were placed on red alert status after state volcanologists declared Mayon Volcano is under alert level four from level three, Hazardous eruption is imminent. Authorities said over 70,000 people have been evacuated after the volcano, the most active in the archipelago, began acting up last week. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAMALIG PHILIPPINES - JANUARY 17: Horses are seen as mount Mayon continues to spew lava in the background on January 18, 2018 in Camalig, Albay, Philippines. Thousands evacuate as Philippines' Mayon volcano started to spew lava and ash as Philippine Volcanology Institute describes the event as a quiet eruption. Alert level 3 has been issued by authorities and warned that there� a possibility that the explosions could turn (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
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According to reports, authorities are struggling to prevent people from sneaking back to their villages to check on homes and farms. Cutting electricity and water supply has been recommended by Cedric Daep, a disaster response official in the Albay province.

"If pyroclastic flows hit people, there is no chance for life," Daep said, according to AP. "Let us not violate the natural law, avoid the prohibited zone, because if you violate, the punishment is death penalty."

Pilots have also been advised to steer clear of the volcano's summit. Mayon has erupted 50 times in the last half a millenium, the last time being in 2013 which claimed the lives of five climbers.

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