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In Pictures: Dazzling display as Mayon volcano spews lava

Mount Mayon in the Philippines has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently.

Lava spewing from the Philippines’ most active volcano has flowed nearly two miles from the crater in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption.

Mount Mayon has sent lava up to 2,000ft high at times and its ash plumes stretched up to three miles above the crater.

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Philippines Volcano
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Authorities expanded the no-go zone to five miles) from the crater (AP/Earl Recamunda)
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At least 56,217 people were taking shelter in 46 evacuation camps (AP/Dan Amaranto)
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Residents watch from Legazpi city, Albay provinc (AP/Bullit Marquez)
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Pyroclastic material cascades down the slopes (AP/Bullit Marquez)
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Residents living in the danger zone are moved to safer ground (AP/Bullit Marquez)
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More than 30,000 ash masks, along with food, water and medicine, have been sent to the region (AP/Bullit Marquez)
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Mayon has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years (AP/Bullit Marquez)
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The Philippines, which has about 22 active volcanoes (AP/Bullit Marquez)
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Authorities have warned a violent eruption may occur in hours (AP/Bullit Marquez)

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