Mayon Watch: Non-local Heroes (Part 5 of a series)

The spirit of volunteerism never runs out in Albay in time of calamity and it’s a practice willingly shared by its international community.

Some 25 Indian students of Bicol Christian College of Medicine (BCCM) in Legazpi City conducted a gift-giving activity and a short variety program last January 25 at Bagumbayan Central School, where 3,922 residents from Buyuan village have been staying for four days already thanks to Mayon Volcano’s unrest.




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Mayon Watch: Don’t Judge Mayon’s Alert Level By The Pics You See Online (Part 4 of a series)

During the early weeks of Mayon’s unrest, some netizens, whose only evidence were the photos their o online friends were sharing, criticized the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) for not raising the alert level of Mayon Volcano to the highest 5 especially after seeing photos of its eruption columns online.

But Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said that netizens must let the volcanologist at Phivolcs interpret Mayon’s activities and declare its alert level.




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Mayon Watch: Lahar (Part 3 of a series)

It only takes 40 millimeters of sustained, heavy rain for an hour and a half for lahar to occur and if Albay experiences scattered rainshowers due to the tail-end of a cold front just like last weekend, there is a high possibility of lahar.

Renato Solidum, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director, said that even if a river channel has old volcanic deposits, rainwater may still plow those deposits, causing lahar.




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Mayon Watch: Ed Laguerta (Part 2 of a series)

When college sophomore Eduardo Pantua Laguerta quit his education in 1978, he did not expect to be employed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, then Commission on Volcanology (Comvol). He believes it was destiny that brought him to Phivolcs where he is now the senior science research specialist and resident volcanologist at the Mayon Volcano Observatory.

Laguerta is the oldest of five siblings. His parents, both of whom grew up in their relatives’ houses when they were orphaned, wanted them to finish their studies.




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Mayon Watch: Mariton Bornas (Part 1 of a series)

After being disillusioned by the rat race in her previous work at a company in the private sector in 1995, Ma. Antonia “Mariton” V. Bornas joined the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), where she is now the chief of Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division.

Bornas, who grew up in Makati City, did not initially plan to be a volcanologist. Her father was from Nabua town in Camarines Sur so she remembers visiting there as a child and seeing Mount Asog (sometimes called Mount Iriga), an active volcano in the Bicol volcanic chain.




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​#MayonWatch2018: Everything You Need To Know About Mayon’s Eruption

First, where is Mayon?
Mt. Mayon, the Philippines’ most active volcano, is in the province of Albay. The cities and towns that have jurisdiction over it are Legazpi City, Tabaco City, Ligao City, Guinobatan, Camalig, Daraga, Malilipot, and Sto. Domingo. It is about three hours away from Mt. Bulusan in Sorsogon (also active), and Mt. Asog (also active) and Mt. Isarog (potentially active) in Camarines Sur.

What is happening?
Alert Level 4 has been raised over the volcano by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). The highest alert level is 5. Alert Level 4 means there’s an imminent big eruption and minor eruptions may occur from time to time. That’s why we see a lot of ash columns emitted from the crater.




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