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Thousands flee erupting volcano

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The Philippines' most active volcano oozed lava and shot up plumes of ash yesterday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and face the possibility of a bleak Christmas in a shelter.

State volcanologists raised the alert level on the cone-shaped, 2,460-meter Mayon volcano overnight to two steps below a major eruption after ash explosions.

Dark orange lava fragments glowed in the dark as they trickled down the mountain slope overnight. Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the activity could get worse in coming days.

"It's already erupting," Solidum said.

Fleeing residents were being temporarily housed in school buildings and public gymnasiums, where local government officials set up food and relief centres.

"We have enough food for all these people for only a month," said public safety official Cedric Daep. Humanitarian groups have pledged to send food, water, medicines and blankets.


1. What is the name of the Philippines most active volcano?

2. How many meters is it?

3. How long will the food last according to the public safety official?


1. Mayon.

2. 2,460 meters.

3. A month.


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Thousands flee erupting volcano

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Thousands flee erupting volcano

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