A volcano eruption on Mount Mayon in the Philippines killed four German climbers and their guide, a Filipino national, early Tuesday. At least seven other climbers were injured in the eruption, which lasted roughly 73 seconds. One guide told local reporters that the falling rocks and debris that resulted from the blast likely killed the group.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology called the Mayon eruption a “small phreatic event” and said that the alert level would not be raised. However, they have advised people to stay clear of the mountain, as small steam and ash ejections could still occur.
This was Mount Mayon’s 48th eruption since record keeping began. The next most recent took place in 2009, when tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate the area.