Mount Mayon has erupted. The most active volcano in the Philippines, which in turn is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, has forced thousands of citizens of the island of Luzon to evacuate, while the lava descends on the sides of the mountain in a terrifying way.
Mayón, known as the “perfect cone” for its shape is aboe 2,420 meters above sea level about 340 kilometers from the Philippine city of Legazpi. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has declared a state of alert due to the eruption, forcing more than 9,000 residents of the island to move to avoid the danger of lava.
Currently the presence of people in a diameter of 11 kilometers around the volcano is prohibited, a region declared as a “danger zone”.
The volcano is so active that it has erupted almost 50 times during the last 400 years. Its most lethal rash recorded occurred in February 1814, and nearly 1200 people died. At that time the lava buried the entire city and only its tallest building remained, the bell tower of the local church.
Mount Mayon had not erupted since 2014, when authorities also forced thousands of residents to evacuate. In the 2013 eruption, however, five climbers died, unfortunately, they were in the volcano when the eruption began and an explosion hit them.
Images of the eruption of Mount Mayon, photo by: Earl Recamunda / AP Images.