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Volcano in Philippines Eruption

A volcano has erupted in the Philippines, killing four German climbers and their guide. Mount Mayon, 330km (206 miles) south-east of the capital Manila, sent a cloud of ash and rocks into the sky early on Tuesday. The ash blast caught a group climbing the mountain, which is famous for its near-perfect cone. At least seven other climbers were hurt in the eruption, which lasted for just over a minute. "Five killed and seven are injured, that is the latest report," National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chief Eduardo del Rosario said. Four of those killed were German nationals and the fifth was their Filipino guide, the NDRRMC said later in a statement. A guide on the mountain told a local television station by telephone that those who died were hit by the rocks that rained down on them after the ash blast. Twenty people were approaching the summit of the mountain when the eruption occurred. "It was so sudden that many of us panicked," Jun Marana, a local resident, told AFP news agency. "When we stepped out we saw this huge column against the blue sky."

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