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By Sheetal Sukhija | Tuesday January 16, 2018
Red hot lava shoots from Mayon volcano as residents flee
MANILA, Philippines - As Philippines’ most active volcano continued to spew red hot lava in the sky overnight, authorities continued to evacuate the region. As thousands of residents were evacuated from the area, the spectacular lava fireworks drew tourists in hoards to the country’s most active volcano. Danny Garcia, a spokesman for Albay province said that tourists were flocking the area of the volcano located some 330 kilometers southeast of Manila to watch the spectacle. Garcia said, "It's a spectacle to watch. It's beauty and fury in one, especially at night. But it's a natural phenomenon so we don't know when an (explosive) eruption will happen.” On Tuesday, scientists warned of a potential dangerous eruption within days as lava continued to spurt from the Mayon volcano, lighting up the sky. Scientists said the continuous lava eruptions were a sign of increasing activity that prompted official calls for evacuation of areas under threat from a major eruption. According to the state volcanology institute, the natural pyrotechnics is described as "short-duration lava fountaining,” which is an escalation from the slow lava flow from the crater on Monday...Read more