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The most active volcano in the Philippines is erupting — here’s what that means

Thousands have already evacuated

Philippine volcano explainer

The most active volcano in the Philippines is erupting. Here’s what that means.

Posted by Verge Science on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The most active volcano in the Philippines, called Mayon, is in danger of a major eruption. It’s been spewing ash for two weeks, and, starting this week, it’s started sending out lava as well. The Philippines are in the so-called “ring of fire,” where the tectonic plates mean that earthquakes and volcanos are a fact of life. Still, that doesn’t mean they’re safe. Thousands who live nearby have fled, and the threat level is up to four out of five. (Five means that a major eruption is taking place.) Here’s what’s happening.