Mayon update, 17 December 2009 17 December 2009Posted by admin in activity reports, eruptions, Mayon, Philippines.
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Phivolcs is reported to be considering raising the alert level for Mayon from 3 to 4, ‘hazardous eruption imminent’. Governor Salceda of Albay has said that the situation ‘is now almost alert level 4’, and Albay has declared a ‘state of calamity’ which will enable it to anticipate a raised alert level and increase the resources available to deal with the Mayon emergency. An overflight is planned to allow for an inspection of the two active lava domes within the summit crater. Judging from the quantity of incandescent material falling from the domes and rolling down the slopes of the volcano, the domes are growing rapidly, indicative of substantial magma pressure from below. Phivolcs head Renato Solidum is quoted by the Philippine Information Agency as warning that ‘unlike in the 2001 and 2006 eruptions, Mayon took weeks to months for lava domes to develop, but this time these domes are becoming bigger and bigger everyday’.
More than 30,000 people have so far been evacuated from the danger zone around Mayon: the evacuations will affect a total of around 50,000, and if the eruption intensifies as many as 120,000 local residents will have to be evacuated. The police and the military have been instructed to ensure that everyone within the danger area evacuates, whether they want to go or not. Meanwhile tourists are descending upon the area, cameras in hand.
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Phivolcs warns Mayon volcano crisis may last for months, considers raising alert level to 4 – AHN, 17 December 2009
Albay declares state of calamity – Philippines Daily Inquirer, 17 December 2009
Mayon volcano eruption: Philippines to raise alert level to 4 soon – Brunei fm, 17 December 2009
Forced evacuations around Philippine volcano – Associated Press, 17 December 2009
Gov’t bans human activity around Mayon PDZ; NDCC assures aid to Albay – Philippine Information Agency, 17 December 2009
Restive Mayon a tourist draw – Manila Bulletin, 17 December 2009
Philippine volcano Mount Mayon ‘still a danger’ – BBC News, 17 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