Authorities in the Philippines are warning people to stay clear of the volatile Mount Mayon volcano after multiple eruptions overnight spread lava and ash for kilometers.
Up to 56,000 villagers fled to safety as the Philippines’ most active volcano erupted.
It has spewed jets of superheated lava and huge plumes of ash in a dazzling but potentially deadly eruption on Tuesday.
Lava fountains gushed to 700m above Mayon’s crater and ash plumes rose up to 1.9 miles, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
At least 56,217 people were taking shelter in 46 evacuation camps on Tuesday while army troops and police were helping move more villagers from their homes, officials said.
Authorities struggled to prevent villagers from sneaking back to check on their homes and farms and to watch a popular cockfight in Albay’s Santo Domingo town despite the risks and police patrols and checkpoints, said Cedric Daep, a provincial disaster response official.
He has recommended electricity and water supplies be cut in communities within the no-go zones to discourage residents from returning.