• Mount Bulusan spews ash, steam

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    A handout video grab photo from a CCTV footage taken on June 10, 2016 by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) shows plume of ash from Mount Bulusan in the rural Sorsogon province.  AFP PHOTO

    A handout video grab photo from a CCTV footage taken on June 10, 2016 by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) shows plume of ash from Mount Bulusan in the rural Sorsogon province. AFP PHOTO

    The volatile Mount Bulusan in the province of Sorsogon sent a spectacular column of ash and steam high into the sky on Friday.

    The plume of ash from Mount Bulusan went two kilometers into the air, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in an advisory.

    Phivolcs head Renato Solidum said nobody was living within a four-kilometer danger zone near the volcano, but that people in nearby communities should wear masks outside or stay indoors.

    Solidum said that inhaling the ash could cause difficulty in breathing and respiratory illnesses.

    Bulusan has had nine similar explosions since May last year. Solidum said Friday’s lasted for about 30 minutes, and that more could be expected.

    The Philippines is located in the seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has over 20 active volcanoes.

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