Volcanic eruption in Philippines forces mass evacuation

Published on : Thursday, January 25, 2018

Volcanic eruption in Philippines forces mass evacuation More than 74,000 people have been evacuated as volcano erupts in the Philippines, which caused the officials to brace for a humanitarian emergency.



Mount Mayon , one of the active volcanic mountains in the islands of Philippines, which erupted 50 times in last 500 years, belched with hot lava and magma destroying the entire villages in the foothills region.



It has been sweeping the volcanic ashes for two weeks, making the dangerous eruption on 23rd January 2018. The Philippines are in the so-called “ring of fire,” where the tectonic plates mean that earthquakes and volcanoes are a fact of life. More than 10000 who live nearby have fled, and the threat level is up to four out of five.



According to the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the tremors, pyroclastic flows and emissions of sulfur dioxide were detected Wednesday and early Thursday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology also said that the GPS and other measurements indicated a sustained inflation of the lava on the mountain surface, which was consistent with magma rising and creating pressure, changing weather.



As evacuation follows, the hotels and clubs in the area are temporarily shut down. The locals and the tourists gather to take photos of the erupting volcano. The local administration has set up evacuation centers in the local schools and also allows classes to continue. The local authorities have struggled to prevent the villagers from sneaking back to check on their homes and farms.



In the year 2013, a volcanic ash eruption had killed five climbers who had ventured near the summit despite warnings.



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