Thousands sheltering after volcano erupts in central Philippine island

Nearly 2,000 residents of Negros Island in the Philippines are taking shelter after a volcano erupted earlier this week. Mudflows caused by heavy rains are being monitored in nearby areas.

No casualties or injuries have been reported so far.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says Kanlaon Volcano erupted on Monday. The eruption lasted for six minutes and produced a 5-kilometer high plume of ash.

Authorities have raised the alert level to two, indicating possible further eruptions. Several communities near the volcano declared a state of calamity after being hit with ash fall.

Kanlaon has recorded 43 eruptions since 1866. The previous one had occurred in 2017.