Mount Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines, spewed ash and lava as it erupted and lit up the sky earlier this week.
The province of Albay, where the volcano is located, was put under a state of calamity on Jan. 16 due to the threat of a “hazardous eruption,” possible within “weeks or even days.”
Paul Alanis, research specialist at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), told ABS-CBN that such condition puts Mayon under Alert Level 3.
Meanwhile, netizens near the erupting volcano took photos and videos and shared them online.
Check out some below:
this is beautiful
© Jayvee Balmes pic.twitter.com/RgZqCcpCNt
— james (@JayChrissss) January 16, 2018
— cpacheco74 (@cpacheco74) January 16, 2018
A near-perfect cone, Mayon rises 2,460 meters (8,070 feet) above the City of Legazpi, populated by some 200,000 residents.
As of Jan. 17, 34,003 people have been evacuated, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Romina Marasigan, spokesperson for the group, said that evacuees are now staying in 30 centers provided by the local government.
“We want to be sure of their safety because intermittent rain showers are being experienced by the people in that region,” Marasigan told reporters.
Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara appealed for aid in an interview with ANC, via Rappler:
“This kind of eruption, it will take about weeks, so we have to sustain the operations in our evacuation centers. We have to provide the water supply, sanitary facilities, [and] medicines.”
“We’ll be needing the support of the national government, the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), the Department of Health, the OCD (Office of Civil Defense),” Bichara added.
“And if there’s some assistance from the private sector, we will highly appreciate it.”