Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Mt. Mayon Volcano Erupts

MANILA (Reuters) – Officials ordered the evacuation yesterday of thousands of people living near the most active volcano in the country, warning of a possible eruption within a week.

Mayon volcano, known for its near-perfect cone shape in Albay, has been spewing lava and ashes that reached a height of about 100 metres (330 feet) on Monday, chief volcanologist Renato Solidum said.

Alex Baloloy, senior science research analyst at the Phivolcs Mayon Observatory in Daraga, Albay, told GMA 7 that the volcanic activity recorded in the volcano's parameters, particularly the rolling of incandescent materials or lava trickles, could eventually lead to hazardous magmatic eruption.

“The volcano is showing increased activity and we deem it necessary to raise the alert,” Solidum told Reuters, saying “incandescent material” had been rapidly moving up to the crater and streaking down Mayon's south-eastern slope. The full story here...

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