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Monday, August 14, 2006

Philippine volcano shows signs of eruption

Mount Mayon, a volcano in the central Philippines, showed signs a major eruption was imminent as it belched smoke and spewed burning rocks and mud, scientists said.

Four explosions have been recorded since Saturday. One mild eruption shot gray ash columns into the air and sent heated volcanic debris cascading down Mayon's slopes, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

"This could be the beginning of a big bang events," Ed Laguerta, a vulcanologist, told reporters.

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