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    Mayon volcano erupts for the second straight day Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 as seen from Legazpi city, Albay province, southeast of Manila, Philippines

    'Signs of Instability': Philippines' Most Active Volcano Expected to Erupt

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    About 30,000 people have been evacuated from the Philippines' Albay province, where Mount Mayon is continuing to spew lava and ash, according to seismologists.

    The alert level for Mount Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, has been raised to four from three amid authorities' warnings about its imminent eruption.

    The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported that fountains of lava reached up to 700 meters (2,300 feet) above the Mayon volcano's crater, with massive ash plumes rising up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) into the sky on Tuesday night.

    About 30,000 people have been evacuated from the Philippines' Albay province, where Mount Mayon is continuing to spew lava and ash.

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    CNN cited Mark Dambal, information officer at the Philippines' Office of Civil Defense, as saying that "the evacuation has been ongoing since [the volcano] started showing signs of instability."

    A huge column of ash shoots up to the sky during the eruption of Mayon volcano Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 as seen from Daraga township, Legazpi city, Albay province, around 340 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines
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    A huge column of ash shoots up to the sky during the eruption of Mayon volcano Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 as seen from Daraga township, Legazpi city, Albay province, around 340 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines

    "Because of the volcanic activity, the danger zone was extended from six kilometers to eight kilometers [from the volcano's summit]," he explained.

    The authorities have, meanwhile, raised Mount Mayon's alert level to four, in a sign that a violent eruption may take place in the coming days. Five is the highest level, indicating that such an eruption is under way.

    Lava cascades down the slopes of the Mayon volcano seen from Legazpi city, Albay province, 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
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    Lava cascades down the slopes of the Mayon volcano seen from Legazpi city, Albay province, 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

    Mount Mayon, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has already erupted 47 times. Its most devastating eruption in 1814 claimed the lives of at least 1,200 people.

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