Phivolcs: Mayon in ‘general quiescence’

LEGAZPI CITY—State volcanologists said Saturday that they are observing Mayon Volcano to determine whether its Alert Level 4 status can be lowered as it exhibits “general quiescence” or inactivity.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), that although Mayon’s lower slope has started to deflate since February 20, overall, the volcano is still swollen.




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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: 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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‘Road constructions put Mayon’s World Heritage Site application at risk’

LEGAZPI CITY—Mayon Volcano Natural Park’s (MVNP) application for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) World Heritage Site is at risk if the road network constructions within the designated protected areas site and the 6-kilometer radius permanent danger zone are given green light to continue.

This is the fear of the technical working group for MVNP nomination to be among the “elite group of destinations” in the world.





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Masaringaya*

She is so beautiful. You can never get tired of looking at her. She makes the sky bow down to her. She stands tall and proud of where she is and what she represents. She is an endless, timeless symbol of what Mother Nature has given us. She does not stand there as a mere object for viewing pleasures nor as a mere background for photo ops; she stands there, confident of who and what she is. She stands there as an emblem, as an icon to her people. She makes every Albayano proud to be an “Oragon.”




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