Mayon volcano entered a new eruptive phase on January 13, 2018 with phreatic eruptions and lava flows from a new lava dome. It was the first eruption of this volcano since August 2014. Alert Level was raised from 1 to 3 and by January 17, more than 34,000 people living around the volcano were evacuated. The current exclusion zone includes a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) that extends in a 6-kilometer (3.7 km) radius around the volcano and an Extended Danger Zone

(EDZ) that extends 7 km (4.3 miles) on the southern flanks of the volcano, due to higher hazard in this area. So far, more than 34,000 people have been evacuated, although some of them come back from time to time to check on their homes. Lava flows were first observed on the southern slopes on January 14, followed by two lava collapse events producing rockfalls and pyroclastic density currents as well as degassing events which sent ash plumes SW and WSW of the volcano on January 15. READ MORE