December 28, 2009--
Otherwise invisible on a hazy night, the Volcano
is given away by cascading lines of glowing lava on Sunday.
The Philippine government has issued a level-four alert for the Mayon Volcano area (map)
, indicating that a major eruption is believed to be possible at any moment.
On Monday morning the 8,070-foot (2,460-meter) volcano saw ash explosions roughly every half hour, according to Eduardo Laguerta of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, speaking to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Among other signs of unrest within the past two days: at least 44 earthquakes and rising sulfur dioxide emissions.
About 200 miles (330 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Manila, Mayon Volcano began spewing ash and spilling lava two weeks ago, though signs of seismic trouble prompted evacuations as far back as August.
Photograph by Bullit Marquez, AP