http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/12/15/philippines.volcano.mayon/index.html (CNN) -- Philippines authorities Tuesday started evacuating about 50,000 people living around the island nation's most active volcano after it oozed fiery lava and belched clouds of ash. A large-scale eruption was forecast as imminent. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level up a notch on Monday night to level 3. Scientist Alex Baloloy told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that under level 3, "a full-blown eruption is expected to take place within weeks to days." He said seismic instruments detected 83 volcanic quakes, a majority of which were tremors associated with rockfalls. People in Albay province, about 466 kilometers (290 miles) south of the capital, Manila, flocked to town centers to catch a glimpse of glowing lava cascading down the slopes of Mayon. The volcanic mountain soars 2,464 meters (8,077 feet) into the sky and has erupted 49 times since the first documented erupted in 1616. I hope this thing blows soon. I can't imagine being away from home for weeks waiting to see how bad it's gonna be. Also, I wonder how the people are going to make money while waiting.