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Volcanic activities slow down on Mt. Mayon; eruption threat stays

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FILE PHOTO: Hot glowing lava cascades down Mayon Volcano in this shot taken from Legazpi City in Albay province. Authorities have evacuated thousands of residents at the foot of the country’s most active volcano in anticipation of a possible deadly eruption within weeks, according to Phivolcs. Safe areas for viewing have been designated for tourists who are expected to come in droves like in the 2009 eruption.  AFP

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—Volcanic activities have slowed down on Mt. Mayon but the possibility of a hazardous eruption remained, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).   Despite earlier fears that Tropical Storm “Mario” would loosen lahar flow from the volcano, an official from the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo) […]

Posted: September 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Mayon Volcano alert raised

A boy pushes his bike along a rice field while admiring the enchanting Mayon Volcano on his way home to Barangay Lidong, Sto. Domingo town, Albay province. Albay authorities are considering banning mountain climbers from the area after volcanologists raised the state of alert around the volcano from normal to level 1. With Albay under “Gorio” storm signal No. 2 on Sunday, Phivolcs has issued a lahar-slide warning.  AL BENAVENTE/CONTRIBUTOR FILE PHOTO

The alert level over Mayon Volcano has been raised to 2 from 1, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Friday.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Earthquake damages 2 schools in Southern Leyte


At least two school buildings in Hinundayan town, Southern Leyte province, will have to be condemned after these were badly damaged when a strong earthquake shook the municipality and parts of the province on Friday.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Odd telescope explores inside Mayon

DR. BENOIT TAISNE, geophysicist from the Earth Observatory of Singapore, explains how the odd instrument called Muon Telescope receives and processes data using the bombardment of cosmic particles to determine the density of materials inside the Mayon Volcano 800 meters above sea level and 2,400 meters high. JUAN ESCANDOR JR.

A telescope without lens but detects the ever-changing composition of a volcano’s innards is now installed at the Mt. Mayon observatory in Tabaco City in Albay province.

Posted: July 10th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

QC councilor files ordinance paying tribute to former Phivolcs director


A measure to name a government building in Quezon City after the late head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Dr. Raymundo Punongbayan, is under review.

Posted: June 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »