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Philippines on critical alert as Mt. Mayon erupts

Manila / The Philippines Monday raised the alert level to critical over the possibility of a hazardous eruption of the Mayon volcano, in the east of the country, after it spewed clouds of ashes over the weekend, leading to an evacuation of more than a thousand people.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) had issued the alert level 2 (growing concern) on Sunday before raising it to level 3, considering that a magmatic eruption was imminent.

The volcano, located around 350 kilometers (217.5 miles) to the southeast of Manila, “is exhibiting relatively high unrest and that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days,” PHIVOLCS said in a statement.

The agency said Mayon’s summit crater was exhibiting bright crater glow that signified the growth of a new lava dome and beginnings of lava flow towards the southern slopes.

More than 900 families have been evacuated from the vicinity of the Mayon since it first erupted on Saturday afternoon.

Another two eruptions followed on Sunday unleashing gray clouds and ashes and leading to a total of 158 rockfalls, according to PHIVOLCS.

The authorities have warned people off a six-kilometer radius around the volcano, and have restricted air travel in the vicinity.

The biggest eruption in the history of the Philippines was that of Mount Pinatubo in June 1991, which left around 850 people dead and affected over a million.

The Philippine archipelago is situated on the so-called Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity around the Pacific Ocean, and has 23 active volcanoes. (15 enero 2018, EFE/Practicaespañol)

 

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En Filipinas la Agencia Sismológica ha avisado a la población sobre...
A
el próximo eructo del volcán Mayón.
B
la inminente entrada en erupción del volcán Mayon.
C
la inmediata erudición del volcán Mayón.
Question 2
Según la noticia es seguro que...
A
un volcán puede expulsar por el cráter ríos, campos y poblaciones.
B
eche ríos de lava y expulse gases.
C
se haya evacuado a la población de Manila.
Question 3
Dice la noticia que el volcán ruge con estruendo y ya se han desprendido más de un centenar de rocas.
A
Así es.
B
No dice nada de eso.
C
No, aún
Question 4
¡Cuántos evacuados hay por ahora?
A
Más de cien mil.
B
Más de mil.
C
Más de un millón.
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En una ‘evacuación’…
A
se desaloja a los habitantes de un lugar para que no sufran daños.
B
se quiere evitar que unas personas abandonen sus hogares para que no sufran ningún daño.
C
se aconseja a los habitantes de un lugar que permanezcan en sus hogares.
Question 2
Un volcán entra en erupción…
A
cuando no expulsa lava ni magma de su interior.
B
cuando expulsa de forma violenta materias de su interior.
C
cuando no está activo.
Question 3
Un sinónimo de ‘ascender’ es…
A
‘bajar’.
B
‘reducir’.
C
‘elevar’.
Question 4
Se utiliza la expresión ‘de manera inminente’…
A
para decir que algo va suceder muy pronto.
B
para decir que es imposible que suceda algo.
C
para decir que algo ya ha sucedido.
Question 5
Se utiliza el adjetivo ‘sulfúrico’...
A
para expresar que algo tiene azufre.
B
no está relacionado con el azufre.
C
para expresar que algo está muy caliente.
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