Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Phillipine volcano erupts

A Philippine volcano erupted late Tuesday, spewing ash 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) into the sky, the government’s volcano monitoring agency said.

No one was reported hurt when the 1,550-meter (5,115-foot) Mount Bulusan erupted at 10:58 p.m. (1458 GMT), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

The volcano -- located in Sorsogon province, 390 kilometers (244 miles) southeast of the capital, Manila -- had been rumbling in recent days.

“-This recent ash explosion is more or less typical of Bulusan’s activity during its restive period,” the volcanology agency said.

More eruptions were expected ¢in view of the volcano’s recent reactivation” following volcanic quakes on Saturday.

Light ash-falls were reported in several villages north, west and southwest of the volcano.
The agency warned people to stay away from areas within four kilometers (2.5 miles) from the crater.

The Philippines is in the Pacific ¢Ring of Fire,” where volcanic activity and earthquakes are common. In June 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the northern Philippines exploded in one of the world’s biggest volcanic eruptions in the 20th century.

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