More than nine thousand people were forced to leave the area near the Mayon volcano in the Philippines because of the threat of an eruption, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the level of the threat of a volcanic eruption to three on a five-point scale.

In the morning on Monday from the volcano flow of lava flowed, overcame on the slope of about 500 meters.

The head of the institute Renato Solidim noted that volcanic ash was also released.

Experts warn that a strong volcanic eruption can occur within a few weeks or even days.

The volcano is located in the province of Albay, 340 km from the capital of the Philippines – Manila. His first eruption was recorded in 1616, and the most deadly – in 1814, then killed 1.2 thousand people. The volcano is popular among climbers, in 2013, during the eruption, five tourists died.