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Philippines volcano evacuation under way.

Summary: Filippino troops have evacuated about 12,000 people from villages at the base of the country's most active volcano.

Filippino troops have evacuated about 12,000 people from villages at the base of the country's most active volcano.

A state of calamity has been declared in eight cities and towns around Mayon Volcano.

It is famed for its near perfect cone shape in a coconut-growing region of the central Philippines.

The no-go zone stretches 6-8 km. A 24-hour curfew is also said to have been imposed to stop people from going back to their homes and farms as Mayon showed signs of a violent eruption.

Officials raised Mayon's alert to level 3 on Monday, meaning sudden hazardous explosions were likely.

Level 4 means an eruption is imminent while Level 5 means an eruption is in progress. The last time Mayon erupted was in 2006.

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