Mayon erupts lava, alert level raised to 3 14 December 2009Posted by admin in activity reports, eruptions, Mayon, Philippines.
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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.
Mayon may erupt soon; alert level 3 raised – GMANews.TV, 14 December 2009
Mayon set to erupt; evacuation ordered – Philippine 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 evacuation – New York Times, 14 December 2009
Global Volcanism Program: Mayon – summary information for Mayon (0703-03=)
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology – website for Phivolcs, when it’s working