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Hundreds Flee Threatening Philippine Volcano October 16, 2009
Mayon Volcano
The nearly perfect cone-shaped Mayon volcano towers over nearby Legazpi City, in Albay province.
Authorities in the central Philippines rushed to cope with two dangers suddenly being posed by Mayon volcano, 340 miles southeast of Manila.

Initially, the mountain caused concern when it produced a nearly 350-ton increase in the amount of sulfur dioxide it was spewing.

Heavy rain then unleashed a huge mudslide, panicking residents as it cascaded down the volcano’s slopes.

Military personnel and vehicles were dispatched to help hundreds of threatened residents evacuate to safety.

The mountain has produced several violent eruptions during recorded history. It began to show signs of awakening in July.

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