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More ash erupted at Mayon 14 December 2009

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A news report from the Philippines says that more ash has been thrown up by Mayon volcano this morning:

Mayon Volcano in Albay province spewed more ash on Monday, raising fears of an imminent eruption.

Alex Baloloy, science research specialist of the local Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology office, said minimal amount of volcanic ash drifted downwards facing the northwest portion of the volcano.

He said the ash explosions occurred at 7:04 a.m., 1038 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:21 p.m. and 1:04 p.m.

Mayon is still at alert level 2. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) says that the current eruptive activity is normal for this alert level, ‘but they are not discounting the possibility of a major eruption’.

42 high-frequency earthquakes have been registered at Mayon over the last 24 hours.

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

Mt. Mayon spews more ash – ABS-CBN News, 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

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1. Boris Behncke - 14 December 2009

The long-expected new eruption of Mayon (by the way, it’s the fourth in a decade, after 2000, 2001, and 2006, compared to roughly one eruption per decade during the 20th century) has begun on 14 December 2009: after a series of ash emissions, lava is flowing from the summit crater, following the same path – down the southeast flank – as lava flows of the previous eruptions. Reports and images (hopefully also video soon) are appearing at
One photograph on that site shows what appears to be a glowing dome within the summit crater, and glowing material extending downslope from it.

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