• Mayon on alert level 1 as crater glows

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    Mayon volcano restive again

     

    LEGAZPI CITY: Authorities on Saturday raised the alert for Mt. Mayon after the volcano’s crater was observed to be glowing Friday night.

    Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said yesterday the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Mayon is now on alert level 1, indicating that an eruption could be expected anytime.

    Last May 7, the volcano exploded without warning, killing four European climbers and their Filipino guide. Twenty-two other people were wounded but survived the volcano’s wrath.

    Under alert level 1, people living at the foot of the volcano are advised not to venture into the six-kilometer permanent danger zone around Mayon.

    Farmers, mountain climbers and orchid collectors were also advised to avoid the danger zones in the mountain’s southeast and southwest sectors covering the municipalities of Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, and the cities of Tabaco, Ligao and Legazpi.

    An eruption of Mayon attracts local and foreign tourists to Legazpi.

    Mayon’s deadliest eruption was in 1814, when more than 1,000 people were buried alive inside the Cagsawa church.

    An eruption in February 3, 1993 killed 77 farmers.

    RHAYDZ B. BARCIA

     

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