Major Mayon eruption weeks away—volcanologists

LEGASPI – A major eruption of a volatile Philippine volcano could be just weeks away, scientists warned Thursday, as thousands of residents faced the prospect of four months in temporary shelters.

“We saw the formation of two lava domes at the crater of Mayon during an aerial survey yesterday [Wednesday],” government volcanologist July Sabit told Agence France-Presse.

“This indicates pressure is building up from the inside and the rising magma had accumulated at the mouth to form the domes,” he said.

“If this continues, it is likely that part of the domes will collapse, causing pyroclastic flows or a major eruption.”

This could also mean that tens of thousands of villagers evacuated from around the picturesque but deadly Mayon could spend up to four months crammed in temporary shelters, officials said.

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