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Mayon erupts lava, alert level raised to 3 14 December 2009

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Evacuations are under way around the Philippine volcano Mayon after lava began flowing from the crater earlier today. A number of small ash explosions took place during the day, and the lava flows were reported from around 18:00 local time. At 20:00 local time the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised the alert level for Mayon from 2 to 3 (‘increasing tendency towards an eruption’).

Mandatory evacuations of communities within the 6-8 km danger zone around Mayon will begin on Tuesday morning. Parts of the cities of Legazpi, Tabaco and Ligao, and the towns of Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Santo Domingo, Bacacay, and Malilipot, fall within the danger zone: many thousands of people will be affected by the evacuations. Albay provincial authorities say that at least 9,000 families will be evacuated.

UPDATE: Thanks to Boris Behncke for linking to a video of the Mayon eruption from ABS-CBN (see comments below). Among the cheesy transition effects and garish graphics, the video clearly shows an active dome glowing within the crater and incandescent lava flowing down the south-eastern flank.

For all our Mayon coverage: Mayon « The Volcanism Blog.

[Thanks go to Boris Behncke and Erik Klemetti’s Eruptions blog.]

News
Mayon may erupt soon; alert level 3 raised – GMANews.TV, 14 December 2009
Mayon set to erupt; evacuation orderedPhilippine Star, 14 December 2009
Lava flows from Mayon volcano – ABS-CBN News, 14 December 2009
Evacuation ordered as Philippine volcano spews ash – AFP, 14 December 2009
Sulfur gas and quakes jolts Mayon – Vox Bikol, 14 December 2009
Philippines raises volcano alert, orders evacuationNew York Times, 14 December 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Mayon – summary information for Mayon (0703-03=)
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology – website for Phivolcs, when it’s working

The Volcanism Blog

Comments

1. Boris Behncke - 14 December 2009

There’s now a video showing the active dome and lava on YouTube, courtesy of ABS-CBN:

2. Boris Behncke - 14 December 2009

Today is a busy day, volcanologically speaking – with Mayon, also Piton de la Fournaise on the French Indian Ocean island Réunion has started a new eruption, after one month of quiescence.
The Institut de Physique du Globe has news (in French) and a really wonderful time-lapse video recorded by one of the webcams of the Piton de la Fournaise volcanological observatory:
http://www.ipgp.fr/pages/03030807.php

3. Boris Behncke - 15 December 2009

If you look for photos of the Mayon eruption (lots of them coming up already), you can use the search function of sites like:
http://www.daylife.com
http://www.daylife.com/search/photos/today/1?q=volcano
Flickr.com
http://www.flickr.com/search/?s=rec&w=all&q=mayon&m=text


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