Mount Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines, has spewed lava and sulfurous gas, raising fears of an eruption and prompting thousands of residents to evacuate.

Residents within a seven-kilometer (4.3-mile) radius of the volcano have been placed under a “state of preparedness” and should be ready to evacuate at any moment, the Albay Provincial Information Office said. declared Monday. As of Monday, more than 12,600 people had already evacuated farming communities within a six-kilometer (3.7-mile) radius of the volcano.

The volcano began exhibiting increased activity over the weekend, which continued into Monday evening local time. The authorities placed the province of Albay under a Emergency Friday should allow quick distribution and use of disaster relief funds if the volcano erupts.

Officials on Thursday raised the volcano’s alert level to Level 3, a five-step scale, indicating that a dangerous eruption is possible in the coming days or weeks.

Albay Provincial Community Leaders discusses More resettlement and permanent housing for eviction-affected families.

Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines has about 300 volcanoes. 24 are active. Mayon Hill, known for its beautiful conical shape, is one of them. It finally erupted in violence 2018More than 74,000 people were evacuated when the volcano was placed on alert level 4.

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