Erupting Filipino volcano displaces 70,000+

Erupting Filipino volcano displaces 70,000+

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Courtesy: Nationwide Operational Assessment Hazards, Government of the Philippines
Courtesy: Nationwide Operational Assessment Hazards, Government of the Philippines

Mount Mayon, part of the Pacific Ocean's notorious 'Ring of Fire,' has erupted numerous times over the last week.

The Mount Mayon volcano in the Philippines continued to spew lava and ash on Wednesday, more than a week after it first erupted. Nearly 75,000 people have now been evacuated from the vicinity of the volcano.

Fortunately, Mount Mayon is several hundred miles away from the major metropolis of Manila, but the city of Legazpi – home to 200,000 people – is a mere five miles from the volcano.

Experts don’t believe the city is at risk of being inundated by lava, but the volcano is emitting small bits of debris that can travel miles and spread fire when they reach the ground.

Watch the eruption of Mount Mayon in footage captured by The Oriental Legazpi hotel:

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