Philippine Volcano Erupts

February 25, 2000

Mayon volcano, located in the central Philippines about 190 miles southeast of Manila, erupted Thursday, sending molten rivers of lava down its slopes and darkened skies by sending ash six miles into the atmosphere. It forced about 30,000 people from their homes.

Scientists said the volcano, which began new volcanic activity last summer, has been building steadily toward an eruption. It sent 14 separate bursts skyward throughout the day.

No casualties were reported.

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