Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands flee

Yahoo News Photo Staff

A huge plume of ash billowed from the glowing peak of the Philippines’ most active volcano on Thursday, as more residents of surrounding areas fled and experts warned of further escalation 12 days after it started to erupt.

A cloud hovered some 8,202 feet (2,500 metres) above Mount Mayon in central Albay province and orange lava fountained and flowed down from its crater as magma continued to move beneath.

Scientists recorded regular episodes of intense activity throughout the day. Tourists, residents and media gathered at vantage points to document the drama at the country’s most impressive volcano, which last erupted in 2014.

Mayon’s unrest has displaced about 75,500 people, the majority of whom are in evacuation centers, where children lined up for meals and parents braced for the possibility of a long stay away from home. (Reuters)

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<p>A photo taken on Jan. 25, 2018 from the city of Legazpi, Albay province, south of Manila, shows a fiery fountaining during an eruption of the Mayon volcano as it emits molten lava. (Photo: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

A photo taken on Jan. 25, 2018 from the city of Legazpi, Albay province, south of Manila, shows a fiery fountaining during an eruption of the Mayon volcano as it emits molten lava. (Photo: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>The Mayon volcano continues to erupt as the sun sets behind Legazpi city, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 in Albay province, roughly 340 kilometers, (200 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

The Mayon volcano continues to erupt as the sun sets behind Legazpi city, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 in Albay province, roughly 340 kilometers, (200 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)

<p>Residents wear face masks amidst heavy ashfall at an evacuation center in Camalig, Albay province, Philippines, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

Residents wear face masks amidst heavy ashfall at an evacuation center in Camalig, Albay province, Philippines, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>A resident practices boxing at a basketball court in Daraga, Albay province, Philippines, January 25, 2018. Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

A resident practices boxing at a basketball court in Daraga, Albay province, Philippines, January 25, 2018. Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>A woman covers the face of a child as Mount Mayon spews a huge column of ash noon in Camalig, Albay province, Philippines, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

A woman covers the face of a child as Mount Mayon spews a huge column of ash noon in Camalig, Albay province, Philippines, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Houses and trees are seen covered in thick ash following volcanic eruptions from Mount Mayon in Guinobatan, Albay province, Philippines, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

Houses and trees are seen covered in thick ash following volcanic eruptions from Mount Mayon in Guinobatan, Albay province, Philippines, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Water buffalos roam a swamp as Mount Mayon spews smoke as seen from Guinobatan, Albay province, Philippines, Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

Water buffalos roam a swamp as Mount Mayon spews smoke as seen from Guinobatan, Albay province, Philippines, Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Residents flock to board a military truck as they flee the nine kilometer extended danger zone around Mount Mayon in Guinobatan, Albay province, Philippines, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

Residents flock to board a military truck as they flee the nine kilometer extended danger zone around Mount Mayon in Guinobatan, Albay province, Philippines, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Lava flows down the slope of Mount Mayon as seen from Legazpi, Albay province, Philippines, on the evening of Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

Lava flows down the slope of Mount Mayon as seen from Legazpi, Albay province, Philippines, on the evening of Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Children fish as Mayon volcano spews ash and lava on January 17, 2018 in Camalig, Albay, Philippines. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

Children fish as Mayon volcano spews ash and lava on January 17, 2018 in Camalig, Albay, Philippines. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

<p>Lava cascades down the slopes of the Mayon volcano seen from Legazpi city, Albay province, 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Photo: Dan Amaranto/AP) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

Lava cascades down the slopes of the Mayon volcano seen from Legazpi city, Albay province, 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Photo: Dan Amaranto/AP)

<p>A farmer gets his calf to bring to the nearest evacuation centre after Mayon Volcano spews ashes in Camalig, Albay province, Philippines, Jan.17, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

A farmer gets his calf to bring to the nearest evacuation centre after Mayon Volcano spews ashes in Camalig, Albay province, Philippines, Jan.17, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

<p>Residents with their belogings wait for a military truck to evacuate after Mayon volcano erupted anew, in Camalig city, Albay province, south of Manila, Philippines, Jan.16, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

Residents with their belogings wait for a military truck to evacuate after Mayon volcano erupted anew, in Camalig city, Albay province, south of Manila, Philippines, Jan.16, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

<p>Filipino villagers sit along the slopes of rumbling Mayon Volcano as it spews ash in Legaspi city, Albay province, Philippines, Jan. 16,2018. (Photo: Francis R. Malasig/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

Filipino villagers sit along the slopes of rumbling Mayon Volcano as it spews ash in Legaspi city, Albay province, Philippines, Jan. 16,2018. (Photo: Francis R. Malasig/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Soldiers assist residents to board a military truck as they prepare to depart to the evacuation center after Mayon volcano erupted anew, in Padang town, Albay province, Philippines, Jan.16, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

Soldiers assist residents to board a military truck as they prepare to depart to the evacuation center after Mayon volcano erupted anew, in Padang town, Albay province, Philippines, Jan.16, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

<p>Local residents take refuge in an evacuation center following recent activity of the Mayon Volcano, in Camalig town, Albay Province, Philippines, Jan. 15.2018. (Photo: Francis R. Malasig/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

Local residents take refuge in an evacuation center following recent activity of the Mayon Volcano, in Camalig town, Albay Province, Philippines, Jan. 15.2018. (Photo: Francis R. Malasig/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Lava cascades down the slopes of Mayon volcano as seen from Legazpi city, Albay province, around 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (Photo: Earl Recamunda/AP) </p>
Mayon Volcano spews lava

Lava cascades down the slopes of Mayon volcano as seen from Legazpi city, Albay province, around 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (Photo: Earl Recamunda/AP)

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