MANILA - Mayon Volcano exploded and spewed ash before dawn Wednesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
Phivolcs said the explosive-type earthquake, followed by the spewing of ash took place at 1:58 a.m.
It said incandescent rock fragments at the upper slope were also observed in Baarangay Lidong in Sto. Domingo town and in barangays Tumpa and Anoling in Camalig town.
The Phivolcs said a total of 20 volcanoc earthquakes have been recorded from the volcano for the last 24 hours.
A radio dzMM report said the ash explosion, which created an attractive and "scary" scene, can be seen 13 kilometers away from the volcano.
Several residents claimed feeling the temperature rise before the ash explosion, the radio report added.
A follow-up radio report said the volcano also spewed thick, black smoke around 7 a.m., alarming the residents further.
Dr. Renato Solidum, Phivolcs director, said the ash explosion was expected at an Alert Level 2. He said the latest ash explosion was stronger than the previous explosions.
The volcano spewed ash last October 28.
Solidum said they are expecting stronger ash eruptions in the future and the possibility of a lava explosion.
The Phivolcs director, however, said they are maintaining Alert Level 2 over the volcano.
He reminded residents to keep out of the 6-kilometer radius and the extended 7-kilometer radius from the volcano.