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Philippines' Mount Mayon Erupts Killing Four, Injuring Several Others
2013-05-07 07:13:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the Philippines most active volcanoes roared to life early Tuesday sending a cloud of ash and rocks into the morning sky. Mount Mayon, which sits about 206 miles southeast of the capital of Manila, killed five people and injured several others during the brief eruption. Eduardo del Rosario of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed that the blast killed five and injured seven. The...

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2009-12-26 16:00:00

Despite the growing infrequency of tremors in the Philippines' active Mayon volcano, experts say that a swell of magma is building up beneath it that could eventually be released in a powerful and dangerous eruption. State volcanologist Ed Laguerta has cautioned that residents of the surrounding areas should not be lured into returning home by the volcano's apparent return to dormancy.  An eruption could occur at any moment and could potentially devastate the countryside around it....

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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,...

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2009-07-11 06:45:00

One of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines could be ready to erupt soon, experts at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said on Friday. The institute changed its alert status on Friday for the Mayon mountain from "low-level unrest" to "moderate unrest", citing steam emissions and a ominous glow at the top of the 8,077-foot volcano in the Bicol region. The changed alert status only represents a transition from level 1 to 2 of its 5-level scale, but authorities are...

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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2006-08-10 07:42:36

LEGAZPI, Philippines -- A volcano in the Philippines spewed ash Wednesday after the amount of gas coming from the crater dropped suddenly, worrying experts that something had blocked the flow of magma and could cause a bigger eruption. A drop in sulfur dioxide emissions in the 8,077-foot Mayon volcano could indicate that pressure is building up for an explosive eruption, said Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. "Either something is stuck there...

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 03:40:00

By Karen Lema MANILA -- The Philippine government evacuated thousands of villagers from around the Southeast Asian country's most active volcano on Monday after warning the rumbling mountain could explode at any time. Mount Mayon, in the central province of Albay, has been spewing ash and boulders the size of cars since July, pushing a four-storey-high wall of lava more than 6 km (4 miles) down its southeastern slope. "This morning we recorded at least six small explosions and this signifies...

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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  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
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