Mayon volcano eruption in Philippines kills five

One of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes spewed huge rocks and ash after daybreak Tuesday, killing at least five climbers and trapping more than a dozen others near the crater.
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    Volcano Mount Mayon spews a thick column of ash 500 metres (1,600 feet) into the air, as seen from the city of Legazpi, Albay province, southeast of Manila. AFP
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    At least seven from a group of about 20 mountaineers were injured by the first eruption of the volcano in three years. Reuters
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    The volcano has erupted around 40 times in the last 400 years. It last erupted in 2010, forcing thousands of residents to move to temporary shelters due to ash ejected across a five-mile zone that surrounded the crater. AP
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    Commuters drive along a road as volcano Mount Mayon spews a thick column of ash. There was no alert raised for the latest eruption and no evacuation was being planned. Climbers are not allowed when an alert is up. AFP
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    A cloud of volcanic ash shoots up to the sky as Mayon volcano erupts. According to news reports, the climbers who died were struck by huge rocks. The injured included foreigners and Filipino guides. AP

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