More than 12,000 people in the Philippines have been forced to evacuate their homes over growing fears that Mount Mayon could erupt in the near future. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level on the volcano, which is located in the central Bicol region. Authorities made villagers within five miles of mountain leave their homes after a series of recent quakes and rockfalls were recorded, which suggests a potential eruption on the horizon. Mount Mayon has erupted 50 times in the last 600 years. In 1841, one of its blasts killed 1,200 people.