2009 Mayon Volcano Eruption

Mayon volcano spews ash and glowing lava cascades down its slope during a continuing mild eruption of Mayon volcano in Legazpi City, Albay province, south of Manila December 24, 2009. The Philippines' most active volcano shot higher ash columns and rumbled louder on Wednesday as authorities warned of a potential hazardous eruption in Mount Mayon anytime.
REUTERS/Erik de Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

Glowing lava continues to cascade further down the slopes of Mayon volcano on the eve of Christmas Day in Padang town, Albay province, south of Manila December 24, 2009.
REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A column of ash shoots up to the sky in another mild eruption of the cloud-covered Mayon volcano as viewed from Legazpi city in Albay province, 500 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. The country's most active volcano began spewing ash last week and continuing lava flow in increasing signs of activity that prompted government authorities to force the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents living within the extended 8-kilometer danger zone.
(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Mayon volcano spews ash anew in a mild eruption behind an advertisement board as viewed from Legazpi city in Albay province, 500 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines Tuesday Dec. 22, 2009. The country's most active volcano began spewing ash last week and continuing lava flow in increasing signs of activity that prompted government volcanologists to raise the five-level alert to '4' and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents living within the extended 8-kilometer danger zone.
(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

A danger zone sign is seen at a Balangay Nidong, Sto. Domingo town in Albay province, south of Manila, as the Mayon volcano shoots a column of ash up into the sky on Christmas Day December 25, 2009. The Philippines' most active volcano shot higher ash columns and rumbled louder on Wednesday as authorities warned of a potential hazardous eruption in Mount Mayon anytime.
REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

Soldiers prevent residents from venturing into the 8-kilometer-danger zone after government volcanollogists raised the five-level alert of Mayon volcano activity to 4 after the country's most active volcano showed increasing restiveness Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 in Albay province, 500 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines. Tens of thousands residents living around the slopes of Mayon are now housed in evacuation centers and most likely will spend Christmas away from their homes since the country's most active volcano became restive a week ago.
(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippines' President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo walks with military officer Major General Ruperto Pabustan upon arrival in Legazpi City, Albay province, south of Manila December 23, 2009 to monitor Mayon volcano. Thousands living near the slopes of the Mayon volcano were forced to evacuate after authorities raised the alert level around the country's most active volcano on Sunday, warning of a possible hazardous eruption within days and extending a "no-go zone" up to 10 kms (6 miles).
REUTERS/Erik de Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

Soldiers wearing protective masks patrol to search for villagers during a forced evacuation in an area near the Mayon Volcano in Guinobatan town, Albay province, south of Manila December 24, 2009. The Philippines' most active volcano shot higher ash columns and rumbled louder on Wednesday as authorities warned of a potential hazardous eruption in Mount Mayon anytime.
REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: MILITARY ENVIRONMENT DISASTER HEALTH)

The Mayon volcano shoots a column of ash into the sky in Balangay Nidong, Sto. Domingo town in Albay province, south of Manila, on Christmas Day December 25, 2009. The Philippines' most active volcano shot higher ash columns and rumbled louder on Wednesday as authorities warned of a potential hazardous eruption in Mount Mayon anytime.
REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

 

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