Danger looms as volcano spews miles-high columns of ash in the Philippines

Sign up for the NEWS newsletterYou have been successfully added to our newsletter.Let our news meet your inboxNewsDanger looms as volcano spews miles-high columns of ash in the PhilippinesMount Mayon has been acting up for more than a week, ejecting ash and lava fountains nearly two miles from the crater. The Mayon volcano spews ash and lava on Jan. 25.Mayon’s unrest has displaced more than 75,000 people and officials are bracing for a humanitarian emergency they fear could last for months.There have been no reports of injuries and law enforcers have struggled to keep villagers and tourists from sneaking into danger zones.— Francis R. Malasig / EPAShareThe Mayon volcano erupts anew at dusk on Jan. 25. Legazpi City is in the foreground.Pyroclastic flows — superheated gas and volcanic debris that could incinerate anything in their path — reached 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the crater in one area, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.— Bullit Marquez / APSharePeople standing at a gas station in Daraga, Philippines, watch the eruption of Mount Mayon on Jan. 25.Although Mayon has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently, it has remained popular among climbers and tourists.— Francis R. Malasig / EPAShareThe sun sets behind the volcano on Jan. 25.The Philippines, which currently has 23 active volcanoes, is situated on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire,” an area known for its intense seismic activity which extends from the west coast of the American continent to New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia.— Bullit Marquez / APShareMayon volcano spews red-hot lava on Jan. 24. — Bullit Marquez / APShareThe Mayon volcano lights up the night sky over Daraga on Jan. 24.— Francis R. Malasig / EPAShareA resident wears a face mask to protect himself against falling ash on Jan. 23.— ReutersShareAsh spews on the slope of the Mayon Volcano in the town of Daraga on Jan. 23.— Francis R. Malasig / EPAShareVillagers are evacuated on Jan. 23.— Francis R. Malasig / EPAShareLava cascades down the slopes of the volcano during the second successive day of eruptions on Jan. 23.— Bullit Marquez / APShareFilipino villagers evacuate along a road covered with ash on Jan. 22.— Linus Escandor II / EPAShareA huge column of ash shoots up to the sky on Jan. 22.— Earl Recamunda / APShareFilipino school children walk at the foot of the volcano ion Jan. 19.— Francis R. Malasig / EPAShareA member of a monitoring team with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology displays a graph of the volcano in Legaspi city on Jan. 18.— Francis R. Malasig / EPAShareSoldiers and government employees prepare relief goods to be distributed to evacuees affected by the eruption on Jan. 18.— ReutersShareResidents who evacuated from the region get a ration of rice inside a public school on Jan. 17.— Jes Aznar / Getty ImagesShareChildren fish under the shadow of the volcano on Jan. 17.— Jes Aznar / Getty ImagesShareFilipino evacuees take shelter at a school in the town of Camalig, on Jan. 17.— Francis R. Malasig / EPAShareFilipino villagers maneuver with their belongings along the slopes of the rumbling volcano on Jan. 16. — Francis R. Malasig / EPAShareClouds partially cover thevolcano’s crater as it spews a column of ash during another mild eruption on Jan. 16.— ReutersShareA villager rides a water buffalo along the slopes of the volcano on Jan. 16.— Francis R. Malasig / EPAShareThe Mayon Volcano lights up the night sky with flowing lava, Daraga, on Jan. 15.Read more: Mayon volcano alert raised again, hazardous eruption believed imminent— Zalrian Sayat / EPAShare