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February 24, 2000 (Thursday)

  • In 14 explosions, the mountain shot lava and ash into the air, darkening the sky and prompting a mass evacuation.

February 25, 2000 (Friday)

  • The 2,460-meter volcano appeared to have simmered down, quietly extruding lava from its crater.

  • Hundreds of evacuees returned to their homes during the lull to check or collect firewood, water and clothes.

  • Many complained of overcrowded evacuation centers at schools where some families are packed 12 to a room.  Others say there were not enough toilet facilities and drinking water.

  • Then President Joseph Estrada released some 20 million pesos for relief fund.

February 26, 2000 (Saturday)

  • Shortly before noon, the volcano ejected a cloud of ash 500 meters into the sky, accompanied by a loud booming sound.

  • Around 2:30 p.m., a bigger explosion shot ashes two kilometers high.  The ashes drifted southwest and settled on the slopes.  The thickest ashfall was recorded in Barangay Masarawag, Guinobatan, around 8 kilometers from the crater.

  • The more than 47,000 evacuees had been warned to keep away from the 8-kilometer danger zone.  The area was still under Alert Level 5.

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