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2009-12-21 11:35:00

Government officials in the Philippines say that Mayon volcano could erupt violently within days, following a week of spectacular flows of lava and increasing volcanic quakes, The Associated Press reported. Some 3,000 villagers are still lingering around the volcano even after government warnings to leave the danger zone. Gov. Joey Salceda said tens of thousands of people have already been evacuated from the foothills of Mayon, which on Monday emitted lava fountains, powerful booming noises,...

2006-08-16 04:55:00

By Darren Whiteside LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- Seismic activity at the Philippines' most active volcano calmed overnight but it could be weeks before 40,000 people evacuated from the shadow of the shuddering mountain can return home. Villagers, sheltering in schools, have been waiting for Mount Mayon to explode after experts warned last week it could erupt at any time. The warning triggered mass evacuations from an 8-km (5 mile) danger zone on the mountain's southeast flank. "If the decline...

2006-08-13 03:20:00

By Manuel Tecson LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Mount Mayon, a volcano in the central Philippines, showed signs a major eruption was imminent as it belched smoke and spewed burning rocks and mud, scientists said on Sunday. Four explosions have been recorded since Saturday. One mild eruption shot gray ash columns into the air and sent heated volcanic debris cascading down Mayon's slopes, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). "This could be the beginning...

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2006-08-12 17:56:14

LEGAZPI, Philippines -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Saturday visited villagers forced to flee their homes due to restive Mayon volcano and ordered officials to speed up efforts to improve conditions at cramped evacuation centers. Scientists told Arroyo in a briefing that Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, appears to be gearing up for an explosive eruption since it began quietly oozing lava four weeks ago. Following successive ash explosions on Monday, officials ordered a...

2006-08-09 02:10:00

By Darren Whiteside LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- Scientists and villagers in the shadow of a churning volcano in the central Philippines fear Wednesday's full moon could finally spark a violent eruption. Volcanologists have warned that Mount Mayon, in the province of Albay, could explode at any time but that the gravitational pull of a full moon could provide the final push. "To put it in a simple way, it's like it massages a volcano," Ernesto Corpuz, head of monitoring and eruption...

2006-08-08 03:00:00

By Joseph Agcaoili LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- Philippine soldiers appealed to reluctant villagers to leave their homes and farms near a shuddering volcano on Tuesday, as more intense seismic activity raised the risk of a violent eruption. Disaster officials in the central province of Albay were trying to move 35,000 people from an 8-km (5-mile) danger zone on the southeast flank of Mount Mayon. The most active of the country's 22 volcanoes has been belching ash and lava since July, and the...

2006-08-07 22:35:00

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines pushed for the faster evacuation of thousands of people near a shuddering volcano on Tuesday, but some were reluctant to leave their homes and farms despite the risk of an imminent eruption. Disaster officials in the central province of Albay were trying to move 35,000 people from an 8-km (5-mile) danger zone on the southeast flank of Mount Mayon. The most active of the country's 22 volcanoes has been belching ash and lava since July. But...

2006-07-20 01:20:00

By Bobby Ranoco LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- Clouds of ash and smoke sent panic through villagers living around a rumbling volcano in the central Philippines on Thursday, but experts said the alert level remained moderate. Mount Mayon, the most active of 22 volcanoes in the Southeast Asian country, began spewing lava, ash and rocks the size of cars last week, prompting volcanologists to raise the alert level to 3 on a 1-5 scale. The government has told 4,000 people to evacuate a danger zone...


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