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Thousands flee from Philippines volcano

The Philippines’ most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption.

Authorities are forcibly evacuating villagers living within 6km of the crater. Residents in the 6-8km zone are also being urged to leave.

The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has warned that a “hazardous eruption” of  Mount Mayon is possible within weeks and have raised the alert level to “critical”.

Increased restiveness was recorded overnight, including 270 incidents of lava fragments and super-hot boulders rolling down from the crater

Mount Mayon, a popular tourist site in the coconut-producing Albay province about 210 miles southeast of Manila,  has erupted more than 40 times since records began

The volcano last erupted in May 2013, killing four climbers and their guide.