Mayon: Philippines Volcano Eruption Forces Mass Evacuation
Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano erupted earlier today. More than 20,000 nearby residents were evacuated from Mayon's immediate area and sent to temporary housing. Mayon has erupted more than fifty times during the last few hundred years, most recently in 2006.
"It's already erupting," said Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
The evacuation order came after state volcanologists raised the alert level on the 2,460-meter high volcano to two levels below eruption.