Manila [Philippines], Jan 23 (ANI): A massive volcanic eruption took place in the Philippines' most active volcano, Mount Mayon, spewing lava and sending a huge amount of ash and smoke into the sky, late on Monday.
Mount Mayon, located 2,462 mts above the sea level, in Albay Province, is also one of the tallest mountains in the country. It had been spewing lava sporadically since it became active on January 13.
Around 40,000 residents have been evacuated to safer areas. A level 5 alert signifies that a hazardous volcanic eruption is underway.
The Phivolcs issued a warning statement, "We strongly advise all people, both residents and tourists, to avoid the danger zone, and airlines to avoid flying near the volcano summit. The danger zone around the volcano has been expanded to a radius of around 8 km."
All schools in Albay Province has been closed following the massive volcanic eruption. (ANI)