Rain Over Philippines' Mount Mayon Increases Volcanic Threat
Heavy rain is compounding the threat to villages surrounding the Philippines' Mount Mayon, a volcano that has been belching fumes, ash, and lava for the past two weeks. The State Vulcanology Institute says lahar, or mudflow carrying volcanic debris, is a major threat to the low-lying communities surrounding the volcano. Officials warn that boulders rolling down the volcano's slopes could wipe out entire houses. And lava, or molten rock, carried in the lahar can destroy anything in its path. Some 81,000 people have evacuated the nine-kilometer "danger zone" around Mayon. The threat level is at 4 on a five point scale, as experts warn a full eruption could come at any time. The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Friday that classes had been suspended in 117 towns and cities near the area and that nearly 100 flights had been canceled since January 22, as the community...
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