Philippines: Mount Mayon volcano explodes

ABC: The Philippines’ most active volcano ejected a huge column of lava fragments, ash and smoke in a thunderous explosion Monday, sending thousands of villagers back to evacuation centers and prompting a warning that a violent eruption may be imminent.

The midday explosion sent superheated lava, molten rocks and steam between 3.5 to 5 kilometers (2 to 3 miles) into the blue sky, and then some cascaded down Mount Mayon’s slopes and shrouded nearby villages in darkness, Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology and other officials said.

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From the crater, the deadly debris billowed about three kilometers (1.8 miles) down on the southern plank of Mayon toward a no-entry danger zone. There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries, officials said. read more

6 Comments on Philippines: Mount Mayon volcano explodes

  1. Remember Mt. Pinatubo and all the damage it did back in the 80’s including wiping out Clark Air Force base under a very large amount of volcanic ash which led to it being closed down permanently.

  2. I think We were pretty much out of the P.I. before the Pinatuabo

    eruption…I count Myself lucky to have been on TDY twice from

    Korea(South) during the Winter Months of 1983-84…

    Sigh…Too be Young again in Angeles City. 33 Pesos to the US

    Dollar..and a Beer was 6-10 Pesos.

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