Monday, September 29, 2014

Mount Mayon Impending Eruption

Every day there’s news of an impending eruption of the volcano that is said to have the most perfect cone, Mount Mayon.  Located in the province of Albay in the Central Bicol area, Mount Mayon is a tourist destination because of its picturesque landscape.

Beautiful picture c/o pixoto.com

Last September 15, alert level 3 was raised over Mount Mayon, which signals “relatively high unrest” and an “increased tendency towards eruption”  (from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or PHIVOLCS’s website).  The danger zone is currently in the 6 kilometer radius around the volcano, thereby increasing the number of residents in the evacuation centers.

Picture c/o dailymail.co.uk

I salute Governor Joey Salceda, governor of Albay province for the efficiency in evacuating his constituents and providing them their basic needs in the evacuation centers.  The national government has extended their financial assistance in providing for the evacuees, whose number has reached over 51,000.

Mount Mayon and the other parts of Albay is just one of the places in Luzon that I wish to explore in the future, not necessarily on a day when Mount Mayon erupts.  The last eruption was in 2009-2010 but was minor compared to the volcano’s current activities.  More information on its past eruption can be found at Wikipedia.

To my kababayans and tourists in the area, please follow the local government warnings to avoid danger.  Mount Mayon is truly a beauty to behold with or without the eruption, but surely that selfie can be taken from a safe vantage point.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's Saturday, October 4, right now. The eruption threat of Mount Mayon goes on.

Nang nasa pareho pa kaming students sa Bicol, the volcano exhibits red crater every now and then. From the roofs of our Naga City dwelling, makikita ang pula't kahel na bukanan. Wouldn't want a repetition of the 1814 event nang the Cagsawa church got flooded by lava that killed hundreds.

Glad na most people actually followed government orders to vacate. Nakakatawa lang kasi a few rooms were reserved for married couples. Pag-aalis daw ang mag-asawa para pakainin ang boy (magbahog nin orig), it actually means they want to have sex.

Been halfway up Mount Mayon during a high-school excursion. So misty and chilly up there.

The name daw came from "magayon", Bicol word for "beautiful". Not just the cone that was so-called perfect before, but for a female who was beautiful. Well, the soil was beautiful because it's so fertile. Big camotes, bananas, etc., abound.

Pete

Eileen Apostol said...

Thanks Pete on this look back at history and culture. It's good to hear from someone who has a first-hand experience of this part of the Philippines.

Eileen Apostol said...

Thanks Pete on this look back at history and culture. It's good to hear from someone who has a first-hand experience of this part of the Philippines.

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