After acting up for weeks, Mount Mayon, volcano in the Philippines finally erupted, spewing lava and ash up to 1.8 miles.
The volcano reportedly ejected clouds of smoke and debris at least four times on Wednesday, causing more than 61,000 villagers and tourists to flee for their lives to 66 emergency shelters.
The officials have declared a humanitarian emergency in the surrounding areas, which could last for over a month.
Mount Mayon began erupting more than a week ago, creating a dazzling and dangerous spectacle for locals pic.twitter.com/p7XgbH3Esq— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) January 24, 2018
So far, there have been no reports of injuries as officials have managed to keep people away from the danger zone.
According to the Sky News, disaster relief official Cedric Daep said, "If pyroclastic flows hit people, there is no chance for life."
LOOK: Lava spewed out of Mayon Volcano again at 9:40 this evening. pic.twitter.com/zccY71fDxa— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) January 22, 2018
The glorious Mount Mayon volcano is living proof of how nature can be beautiful yet extremely deadly.
The most active volcano of the Philippines, which is famous among tourists because of its “perfect cone” shape, spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash trailed over kilometers, though the eruption was a visual treat, it was also an extremely dangerous eruption that sent 40,000 villagers to shelter in evacuation centers.
Philippines authorities warned people to stay away from the volatile Mount Mayon volcano.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) statement, red-hot lava gushed up 700 meters and a thick column of ash plumes rose five kilometers into the air above the volcano, in Albay province in southeastern Luzon and spread over neighboring districts.
The ash left Guinobatan, a town of almost 80,000 people, in a state of "zero visibility," according to affiliate CNN Philippines.
“It was like night time at noon, there was zero visibility in some areas because the ash fall was so thick,” said Jukes Nunez, an Albay provincial disaster response officer.
The volcano started acting up a week back.
But the recent explosive eruption was the most powerful one till date, enabling officials to raise Mayon’s alert level to four on a scale of five. The highest level is five and it means a hazardous eruption is underway.
The danger zone was expanded to 8 kilometers from the crater, and as a result thousands more residents will have to leave their homes, said the officials
Over 27,000 people have been evacuated from the area around the volcano in preparation for a dangerous eruption and the public has been advised to stay vigilant and avoid the danger zone.
People on social media couldn’t help but share the images and videos of the dangerous disaster.
LOOK: Glowing red lava continues to flow from the summit of Mayon volcano in Albay province as of 10:15 PM. (Photos by Joshua Eric Dandal) pic.twitter.com/pbnI1L5hjQ— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) January 22, 2018
Ash clouds from #MayonVolcano as seen from Guinobatan town in Albay. Classes in all levels in Albay province have been suspended due to ash fall. | @InquirerSLB @RAOstriaINQ pic.twitter.com/AvLoKuRGUp— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) January 22, 2018
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