It is Christmastime here in the areas surrounding the perfect-coned volcano of Mt. Mayon. And instead of snow, the towns experience ashfall showers and ground rumblings. This photo was taken Tuesday morning of December 15, when lava starts oozing from the mouth of the volcano, tracing the galley way down to about 1.5 kilometers from its crater.
At night time, the volcano can be seen with its top glowing, a dangerous sight to behold.
The government placed into strict enforcement the “no man’s land policy” in the designated danger zones around the mountain. Disaster authorities are overseeing that no person remain inside the six to eight kilometer permanent danger zone and the seven kilometer extended danger zone in the southeast region of the volcano. Officials are aiming at a zero-casualty during the increasing imminent danger of major eruption(s).
As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, a total of 47,137 persons (9,880 families) from 32 villages are currently housed in evacuation centers, according to PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina.
On the same day, Mayon shoots ash column as major eruption nears, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. The agency awaits for the final sign – a mass of chocolate-colored ash column shooting up into the air as high as fifteen kilometers from the crater. “Parameters are high until now and the intensifying activity might force us to raise the alert level to its highest level but it would happen only when Mayon shoots a straight ash column containing pyroclastic materials and molten, burning rocks as big as houses or buses from its crater accompanied by intense rumbling and jittering of the ground felt as far as Legazpi city,” said resident volcanologist Eduardo Laguerta.
Will post chronology of events and updates on Cbanga360 on Facebook, later. (Had just recovered from a technical problem which consumed our time, hence our silence for many, many days.
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