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Intense rain to trigger lahar, mudflows along Mt. Mayon—Phivolcs

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Residents living near Mayon Volcano take a closer look at the lava in Barangay Mabinit, Legazpi City. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned thousands of villagers living along river channels surrounding the slopes of Mt. Mayon volcano of severe lahar flows and landslides due to heavy rains to be spawned by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) that might hit Bicol on Friday.

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Bells that saved Pampanga folk from lahar stolen

THIEVES stole San Vicente Chapel’s two bells that warned residents of the  lahar  flow from  Mt. Pinatubo that erupted back in 1991. E.I.REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Two church bells that alerted some 3,000 families in Barangay (village) San Vicente here of the need to evacuate from lahar flows after Mt. Pinatubo’s eruptions in 1991 had been stolen early this month.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Lahar now Pampanga’s biggest source of revenue

Sand quarrying in the province’s lahar areas is now Pampanga’s biggest source of revenue, bringing in more than P600 million in taxes and fees in the last 28 months, according to the province’s officials.

Posted: November 15th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

‘Makatapak’ signifies victory over lahar

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IN A FESTIVAL rooted in how Mt. Pinatubo’s lahar destroyed communities from 1991 to 1997, residents of Bacolor, Pampanga, celebrate “Makatapak” (a local term for going barefoot).  E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Lahar is not all about tragedy. In this former capital of the Philippines, it is also about victory against nature’s fury, mainly the 1991 eruptions of Mt. Pinatubo and the onslaught of volcanic sediments that entombed the town in a sandy grave that went as deep as 20 meters until 1997.

Posted: October 31st, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Off-roaders unheralded heroes in Pinatubo disaster

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MINALIN, Pampanga—Drivers of off-road vehicles (also called 4 by 4, four-wheel drives or all-terrain vehicles) are unheralded heroes in the disaster spawned by Mount Pinatubo’s 1991 eruptions. Their leaders agree to the tag, one that is coming on the 20th anniversary of the blasts, not for themselves but for members who risked their lives when [...]

Posted: June 19th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Zambales bore brunt of Mt. Pinatubo’s fury

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‘ECO CAMP’.  From the ashes of Pinatubo’s eruption, the Eco Village rises by the banks of the Cabatuhan River in Iba, Zambales, where resettlers are immersed  in organic farming, tree planting, river protection, mangrove plantation and proper solid waste management. Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN Foundation

(Last of two parts) IBA, Zambales—Residents of this province are still struggling under the weight of lahar that rolled down the slopes of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 and the ashfall that settled and irreversibly changed the landscape. Zambales bore the biggest damage to public infrastructures in 1991, data from the National Economic and Development Authority [...]

Posted: June 16th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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