The Philippines’ most active volcano has awoken again. On Sunday, lava pooled to the surface of the volcano’s crater showing a glowing red hot core just below.
By Monday, the crater of a rumbling Philippine volcano was glowing bright red. Coupled with vulcanologists’ warnings it could erupt within days, the glowing crater caused thousands of residents to flee from their homes in search of safety. The volcano lies in the coconut-growing Albay province about 210 miles southeast of Manila.
More than 12,000 people have been ordered to leave a four mile (seven-kilometer) evacuation zone as scientists fear the eruption of the Mayon volcano, and there are warnings of destructive mudflows and toxic clouds. Volcanic earthquakes and rockfalls have also violently shaken the summit of Mayon over the last 24 hours, after a number of steam-driven eruptions, scientists said. Lava flowed just less than half a mile down a gulley from the crater and on Monday morning, ash clouds appeared mid-slope, said Renato Solidum, head of the volcano institute.
“It is dangerous for families to stay in that radius and inhale ash,” Claudio Yucot, head of the region’s office of civil defense, told AFP. “Because of continuous rains in past weeks, debris deposited in the slopes of Mayon could lead to lahar flows. If rain does not stop it could be hazardous.”
Three steam-explosions since Saturday have spewed ash into nearby villages and may have breached solidified lava at the crater and caused lava to start flowing, Solidum said. With its near-perfect cone, Mayon is popular with climbers and tourists but has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently.
Experts are concerned about a major eruption which could trigger pyroclastic flows (superheated gas and volcanic debris that race down the slopes of volcanoes at high speeds) that would be capable of incinerating or vaporizing everything in their path. More extensive explosions of ash could drift toward nearby towns and cities, including Legazpi city, the provincial capital, about 9 miles away.
There was also Mt. Pinatubo in 1991, one of the biggest eruptions in modern history.
And when it simmers down again, they will return. Stupid people never learn. Don’t build next to an active volcano, or on a big fault line.
The farmland around volcanoes are among the most fertile on Earth, so to call others stupid for simply building around them is being very arrogant to say the least. With a mentality like that, you may as well call every oil-driller and deep-sea diver an idiot as well since they too work in hazardous environments so that you and I can watch TV in the comfort and safety of our own home.
Civilization owes much to risk-takers. The real morons are those who belittle them while consuming the fruits of their labor.
Pretty well stated.
If that could afford to move they would.One of the poorest country’s on earth. It’s your comment that’s stupid. You should be showing empathy and support fool
or MUDSLIDE areas?
Global warming it’s “TRUMPS FAULT”
lost karma, thanks for the article. good read.
What? They run out of virgins again?
Welcome to Earth
3rd rock from the sun
Better tell those 12,000 Phillipinos not to come to Hawaii. Maybe we’ll just tell them we’re under an attack by incoming nukes.
Can we just drop a thousand tons of popcorn and oil into the volcanos’s cone and watch from a safe distance? Yum yum.
part of the Pacfic Ring of fire.
THE WASTED ENERGY is disgusting.
they could all have free power, use it to make FOOD or ROCKET FUEL.
IF they had used the HEAT properly the thing would likely NOT ERUPT!!!
Iceland is the only nation doing things RIGHT!!!