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Five people have died and several others have been injured after a volcano in the central Philippines erupted unexpectedly on Tuesday.
Disaster management officials say the dead were among a group of 20 foreign tourists climbing Mount Mayon in the central province of Bicol when it erupted.
The victims have been identified as four German tourists and their Filipino tour guide, the NDRRMC said in a statement.
Two helicopters have been sent to the top of the volcano to rescue the surviving tourists.
Five killed and seven are injured, that is the latest report," National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chief Eduardo del Rosario said.
Originally posted by TDawg61
I'm no vulcanologist but isn't that a precursor to a major eruption?
MANILA, Philippines -- One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes rumbled to life Tuesday, spewing room-sized rocks toward nearly 30 surprised climbers, killing five and injuring others who had to be fetched with rescue helicopters and rope.
The climbers and their Filipino guides had spent the night camping in two groups before setting out at daybreak for the crater of Mayon volcano when the sudden explosion of rocks, ash and plumes of smokes jolted the picturesque mountain, guide Kenneth Jesalva told ABS-CBN TV network by cellphone.
He said rocks "as big as a living room" came raining down, killing and injuring members of his group, some of whom were in critical condition. Jesalva said he rushed back to the base camp at 3,000 feet to call for help.