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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 July 2006, 19:27 GMT 20:27 UK
In pictures: Philippines volcano

Clouds of smoke emerge from the volcano

Villagers living near Mount Mayon in the Philippines have been preparing to leave after the volcano emitted huge clouds of ash and smoke.

Lava flows from Mt Mayon

The 2,462m (8,000ft) peak is the country's most active volcano. It began emitting lava, ash and boulders last week. Scientists say a major eruption could come within weeks.

Children on their way to school with the volcano in the background

The government has told 4,000 people who reside in a 6km (four-mile) danger zone surrounding the volcano to leave, but many have decided to remain.

A mother leads her two children as smoke streams from the volcano

But ash clouds early on Thursday created panic among residents, some of whom rushed to collect family members.

A mother takes a picture of her daughter with the volcano in the background

Despite the danger, visitors have come to the region to see the rumbling volcano.

A night view of lava pouring from the volcano

It has erupted around 50 times in the last 400 years. More than 1,200 people died when it erupted in 1814.

Footage of the volcano spewing lava and ash

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