Mayon lava flow

Mayon volcano a hazardous Beauty

Yesterday we claimed that Alert Degree 3 had been proclaimed for Mayon volcano.  As of midnight Tuesday, 1,653 people experienced been evacuated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines from threatened villages all over Mayon Volcano. By 9.00 a.m. this morning  the evacuation of  all inhabitants from the hazard zones close to Mayon volcano should be total.

Yesterday PHIVOLCS informed that they had recorded 32 volcanic earthquakes and 72 rockfall functions about the previous 24 several hours.
A “rolling incandescent rockfall” in the uppermost reaches of the Bonga Gully indicated the summit lava dome was breaching the crater on its southeastern facet. Also, in the past handful of days, sulfur dioxide emission experienced exceeded 511 tons per working day, at situations reaching up to 1,000 tons. If Mayon sustains its fuel emission of 1,000 tons a working day, an explosion is to be anticipated in just 4 months. Observed parameters on the volcano’s activity confirmed it would possible be a “Vulcanian eruption”. Vulcanian-kind eruptions are characterised by solid explosions, a number of pyroclastic flows close to the volcano and lava flows that cascade down the gullies.

Mayon lava flow

Image courtesy of | Mayon – the harmful magnificence viewed from Legaspi City. In the foreground the port with the “Embarcadero”

Regardless of the challenges, Mayon and its nearly perfect cone is a preferred place for volcano watchers. Most get pleasure from the occasional nighttime spectacle of the rim lit by flowing lava, viewing from the safety of accommodations in Legazpi. I can endorse the ballroom on the top rated of the Saint Ellis Lodge in Legaspi City. In this article is a picture I took there in 2012:

Mayon volcano 2012


In accordance to PHIVOLCS, the expected eruption is possible to be as impressive as the a single in 2009. PHIVOLCS is also contemplating the chance of explosions accompanying the eruption these as in 2001, and eruptions with big explosions just after lava flows like in 1984.


Do unquestionably not enter the 6 kilometer everlasting danger zone and the 6.5 to 8 kilometer extended significant possibility zone. The complete province of Albay is positioned below point out of calamity. Everyone who is getting into the risk zone, even for a moment, can be arrested.

Make sure you uncover under the hazard maps for Mayon volcano:
hazard ash hazard lahar hazard lava hazard pyroclastic

All maps courtesy of PHIVOLCS

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