Philippine volcano shoots steam and ash

2010-11-06 14:00

A volcano in the Philippines has released a plume of steam and ash, but scientists say an explosive eruption is not expected.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said today’s activity at the Bulusan volcano was caused by ground water interacting with hot rocks, and not rising magma.

The cloud of steam and ash rose 600m and fell over areas as far away as 10km from the mountain.

The institute said there could be more hydrothermal disturbances and warned people to keep away from a 4km permanent danger zone around Bulusan’s summit.

Bulusan is one of the country’s 23 active volcanoes. It is located about 380km southeast of Manila.

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