Philippine Volcano Could Possibly Erupt Soon

A  “hazardous eruption” of the Mount Mayon volcano in the Philippines is possible within weeks, which could mean possible disruptions in travel.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level of the Mount Mayon volcano from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3 — considered critical — after an escalation in activity was recorded from the volcano over a duration of 15 hours, including 32 low-frequency volcanic earthquakes which “indicate magma intrusion and/or volcanic gas activity”; and 39 incidents of “rockfall events that are ascribed to incipient breaching of the growing summit lava dome across the southeastern crater rim.”

Mount Mayon continues to spew ash as the evacuation of thousands of residents within a radius of approximately 5 mile from the crater of the volcano was ordered this past Monday, September 15, 2014. The glow within the crater of the volcano is now visible due to molten lava and hot volcanic gases.

Located approximately 210 miles southeast of Manila, Mount Mayon has erupted greater than 40 times over the past 400 years. Ironically, a full eruption of the volcano could increase tourism — which occurred when the Mount Mayon volcano erupted in 2009 — even though it could affect air travel.

As I am scheduled to be in Manila next month, I am watching the developments of this story closely…

3 thoughts on “Philippine Volcano Could Possibly Erupt Soon”

  1. Joey says:

    When Mt Pinatubo erupted back in 1991, I don’t recall any cancelled flights. I’m not an expert so perhaps it is better if they do cancel flights in case of an eruption. Regardless, I hope you enjoy your stay in Manila! I’ll be there later this year.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I am no expert either, Joey — but one never knows…

      …and thank you!

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