2009 Mayon Eruption Update One

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A column of ash rises from the crater of the Mayon volcano as the country's most active volcano continues its mild eruption as viewed from Legazpi city, Albay province, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines Monday Dec. 28, 2009. More than 47,000 people living within a 5-mile (8-kilometer) danger zone around the volcano have fled to evacuation centers since it began spewing ash and spilling lava two weeks ago.
(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Mount Mayon spews ash into the air, as seen from the city of Legazpi on December 27. The Philippine volcano may be showing less visible signs of unrest but this could be a deceptive calm before a deadly eruption, the chief government volcanologist has said. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Lava continues to flow from the crater of Mayon volcano as viewed from Lignon Hill in Legazpi city, Albay province about 500 kilometers (300 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines late Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009. About 50,000 residents living around the extended 8-kilometer (5-mile) danger zone of the country's most active volcano are now housed in different evacuation centers due to its continued activity since Dec. 14, 2009.
(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The Mayon volcano spews pyroclastic ash at its foot during a mild eruption in Legazpi City, Albay province, south of Manila December 27, 2009. Philippine vulcanologists said on Saturday lava is clogging the volcano that could result in a explosive eruption. REUTERS/Erik de Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

A column of ash rises from the lower portion of Mayon volcano in a 'pyroclastic explosion' as the country's most active volcano continues its mild eruption as viewed from Legazpi city, Albay province, about 500 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009. More than 47,000 residents living around the extended 8-kilometer danger zone around the volcano are spending the Christmas holidays away from their homes after the volcano showed signs of increasing activity and possibly eruption. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The Mayon volcano's pyroclastic ash billows from its slope during a mild eruption in Legazpi City, Albay province, south of Manila December 27, 2009. Philippine vulcanologists said on Saturday lava is clogging the volcano that could result in a explosive eruption. REUTERS/Erik de Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

Mayon volcano spews pyroclastic ash from its foot during a mild eruption in Legazpi City, Albay province, south of Manila December 27, 2009. Philippine vulcanologists officials said on Saturday lava is clogging the volcano that could result in a explosive eruption. REUTERS/Erik de Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

A column of ash shoots up into the sky in a mild eruption of the Mayon volcano in Cagsawa town, Albay province, south of Manila December 27, 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)

Sculptor Vicente Ajero, 50, works on volcanic rock from the Mayon volcano at Cagsawa ruins, Albay province, south of Manila December 26, 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. Ajero sells his art works for as much as 16,000 pesos ($1,300). REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

Sculptor Vicente Ajero, 50, works on volcanic rock from the Mayon volcano at Cagsawa ruins, Albay province, south of Manila December 26, 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. Ajero sells his art works for as much as 16,000 pesos ($1,300). REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

Sculptor Vicente Ajero, 50, works on volcanic rock from the Mayon volcano at Cagsawa ruins, Albay province, south of Manila December 26, 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. Ajero sells his art works for as much as 16,000 pesos ($1,300). REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)