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Philippines' Mayon Volcano to explode 'within days' - Level 4 Eruption Imminent

 
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Philippines' Mayon Volcano to explode 'within days' - Level 4 Eruption Imminent
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December 21, 2009 10:30 a.m. EST

Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes as scientists warn the towering Mayon volcano is about to explode in the Philippines, the country's national news agency reported Monday.

More than 9,000 families -- a total of 44,394 people -- are being housed in evacuation camps after authorities Sunday raised the alert status of the country's most active volcano, Albay Province Gov. Joey Salceda said.

But officials said not everyone is heeding their warnings -- some villagers were spotted within the danger zone checking on their homes and farms on the foothills of the volcano.
The government is trying to enforce a "no man's land" rule in the designated danger zone, with military and police instructed to double the personnel manning the nine checkpoints and double their foot patrol operation inside the restricted area, PNA reported.

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Philippine authorities raised the alert status to Level 4 on Sunday which "means that a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within days," according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

"Audible booming and rumbling sounds were first reported in the eastern flank of the volcano" Sunday afternoon, and 1,942 volcanic earthquakes were detected by the institute's seismic network in the 24 hours to 7 a.m. local time on Monday (6 p.m. ET on Sunday), the institute said.
One was "an explosion-type earthquake" that launched a cloud of ash about 500 meters (1,640 feet) into the air, according to the statement.

Level 4 means an eruption is considered imminent and Level 5, the highest, means an eruption is taking place.
The Institute recommended extending already-established danger zones of 8 km (4.9 miles) south of the summit and 7 km (4.3 miles) north of the summit of the the 8,077-foot volcano.

People in surrounding Albay Province have flocked to town centers to catch a glimpse of glowing lava cascading down the slopes of Mayon since the mountain began oozing fiery lava and belching clouds of ash last week.

The volcano, located about 500 km (310 miles) south of the Philippine capital of Manila, has erupted 49 times since its first documented eruption in 1616.

The Philippines is situated in the so-called Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Mayon's most violent eruption, in 1814, killed more than 1,200 people and devastated several towns. Its last major eruption was in 1993. Since then, it has remained restless, emitting ash and spewing lava.
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Re: Philippines' Mayon Volcano to explode 'within days' - Level 4 Eruption Imminent
here we go..

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It blows when the fat lady sings
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here we go..

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Yup! eq
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lol Your thread title makes it sound like its going to be massive. Truth is it will probably be no more powerful than the 2001 eruption which was VEI 3. Infact no where in its history can I find anything more than VEI 4.

You only have to look at its beautiful shape to know its not going to be a massive eruption.
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Uh-oh.

Global Cooling here we come!

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lol Your thread title makes it sound like its going to be massive. Truth is it will probably be no more powerful than the 2001 eruption which was VEI 3. Infact no where in its history can I find anything more than VEI 4.

You only have to look at its beautiful shape to know its not going to be a massive eruption.
 Quoting: VestanPance

Read the article. Level 4 means the eruption is imminent. No one knows how bad it's going to be until it happens.
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i bet Tambora was a pretty looking volcano too, till it did THAT^^
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i tell you, if I was one of those Fillipino soldiers trying to keep people OUT, I'd be saying 'go ahead chum' and jumping into the nearest vehicle and getting the fuck out of there about now.
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i bet Tambora was a pretty looking volcano too, till it did THAT^^
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Perhaps, but again Tambora is not anywhere near as active as Mayon. Its history -Last Eruption in 1967, 1819, 1812 at VEI 7, 740AD, 3050BC
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lol Your thread title makes it sound like its going to be massive. Truth is it will probably be no more powerful than the 2001 eruption which was VEI 3. Infact no where in its history can I find anything more than VEI 4.

You only have to look at its beautiful shape to know its not going to be a massive eruption.

Read the article. Level 4 means the eruption is imminent. No one knows how bad it's going to be until it happens.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 728717

Whilst Not all volcanologists use the same warning system, Redoubt was at its second highest level for nearly 2 months before it erupted, however I agree with evacuating as many people as possible with Mayon because there are a number of heavy population areas pretty close by. See my above posts as to why I dont think it will be any more than VEI 4 at the very worst, but I will conceed the "possiblity" of a larger eruption, but I wont scaremonger or sensationalise the eruption because I honestly dont think its going to be HUGE.
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i bet Tambora was a pretty looking volcano too, till it did THAT^^

Perhaps, but again Tambora is not anywhere near as active as Mayon. Its history -Last Eruption in 1967, 1819, 1812 at VEI 7, 740AD, 3050BC
 Quoting: VestanPance


there you go again, judging a leopard by it's spots.

look i agree, going by past eruptions, yes, there SHOULDN'T be anything to worry about, BUT, it is VERY close to the epicentre of all the tectonic activity down there this past 5 years, VERY close!

just keep a beady eye on it, that's all i'm saying.
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[link to geology.com]

i bet Tambora was a pretty looking volcano too, till it did THAT^^

Perhaps, but again Tambora is not anywhere near as active as Mayon. Its history -Last Eruption in 1967, 1819, 1812 at VEI 7, 740AD, 3050BC


there you go again, judging a leopard by it's spots.

look i agree, going by past eruptions, yes, there SHOULDN'T be anything to worry about, BUT, it is VERY close to the epicentre of all the tectonic activity down there this past 5 years, VERY close!

just keep a beady eye on it, that's all i'm saying.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 846298

Ive just conceeded the possibility of a Larger Eruption, but my personal feeling is it wont be massive.
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wonder why they didn't practive some depopulation by just leaving the people there.
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It has begun .... uhoh

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