21 Feb '11, 3am

Mount Bulusan in the Philippines erupted on Monday, showering a nearby town with ash

Mount Bulusan in the Philippines erupted on Monday, showering a nearby town with ash

Residents of Irosin township, Sorsogon province, about 600km south-east of Manila, Philippines, watch Mount Bulusan volcano as it spews ash into the sky. -- PHOTO: AP MANILA - A PHILIPPINE volcano erupted on Monday showering an entire town with ash, although there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, officials said. A large ash explosion from Bulusan, a 1,559m volcano, drifted south to cover Irosin, a town of 46,000 people, said Harriet Sayson, of the civil defence operations centre in nearby Legaspi city. 'There's zero visibility at Irosin at the moment, and we can't get in touch with officials there,' Ms Sayson told AFP by telephone. She said civil defence staff were in the town checking for damage or casualties, but none had been reported so far. No evacuations had been ordered, she added. State volcanologist Ramil Vaquilar told AFP rumbling sounds accompa...

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