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Elevated activity continues at Mayon 19 July 2009

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Beautifully elegant Philippine volcano Mayon, currently at Alert Level 2, continues to show elevated activity, according to information from Phivolcs that is being reported in the local press. The Manila Bulletin reports that Sunday 19 July has seen continuing volcanic earthquakes, intense crater glow and moderate steaming. ABS-CBN News reports that the local provincial governor has asked Phivolcs to investigate closing down all tourist activities around the volcano as a precaution. Local Philippine Army commanders, meanwhile, are seeking a truce with the Communist ‘New Peoples Army’ guerillas who are known to be operating in the area, so that fighting doesn’t get in the way of humanitarian activities.

There are also reports that animals living on the slopes of Mayon are in some way sensitive to environmental changes associated with impending eruption and are clearing out: some locals say that ‘wildlife has been restless’, and ‘restive snakes’ have been ‘crawling down the slopes’. Is there anything in this? Well, so far, says Dr Erik Klemetti, ‘there are no robust scientific studies … that can directly correlate animal behavior and volcanism (at least before an eruption)’. Probably best not to rely on the snakes, on the whole.

Is Mayon nearing eruption? – Inquirer.net, 16 July 2009
Mayon exhibits seismic activityManila Bulletin, 19 July 2009
Army officer seeks local truce with NPA due to ‘restive’ Mayon – ABS-CBN News, 19 July 2009

Global Volcanism Program: Mayon – summary information for Mayon (0703-03=)
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology – website for Phivolcs

The Volcanism Blog



1. Jackie B. - 19 July 2009

Reminds me of that Bob Hope joke:

“They say animal behavior can warn you when an earthquake is coming. Like the night before that last earthquake hit, our family dog took the car keys and drove to Arizona.”

I’m not laughing at the people around Mayon, though. I hope everything works out OK for them.

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