Philippine volcano raises fears of increased activity

26 January, 2018, 02:58 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Philippine volcano raises fears of increased activity

Mount Mayon has been highly active for more than a week, ejecting ash and lava fountains up to three kilometres, (1.8 miles), from the crater in a picturesque but increasingly risky eruption.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said lava flows had advanced more than a kilometer (0.6 miles) and superheated gas and volcanic debris known as pyroclastic flows had reached 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the crater in one area. There have been no reports of injuries, but law enforcers have struggled to keep villagers and tourists from sneaking into the danger zone, which extends 8 kilometers from the crater. Some 56 flights were cancelled.

More than 70,000 people have reportedly left the immediate danger zone around the erupting Mayon volcano in Albay Province, the Philippines, today but still many villagers, mostly males, refuse to leave their homes to protect their farm and farm animals. Officials are anxious the eruption may last months, affecting the education, health, and livelihoods of people in its shadow.

Mayon has always been popular with climbers and tourists but has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently. To date, more than 24,000 residents of communities near Mayon Volcano have been evacuated.




The last deadly eruption was in May 2013 when five hikers were killed and seven people injured in that incident.

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 2:33 p.m) - Mayon volcano has an explosive eruption and Philippine authorities have raised alert to level four.

Turkeys search for food Wednesday as the Mount Mayon volcano continues to erupt in the Philippines' northeastern Albay province. Its most destructive, which buried the town of Cagsawa and killed approximately 1,200, occurred in 1841.

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