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Pacific Ring of Fire – Mayon Volcano threatens the Philippines

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There is volcano trouble again the Pacific Ring of Fire. The Mayon Volcano on the island of Luzon(Philippines) remains at Alert Level 4,(highest level 5), according to The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) on 1st February.

Mayon, widely known for its symmetrical cone shape the most active volcano in the Philipines and a major landmark.

A Level 4 alert indicates that an eruption is possible within days. There are persistent tremors, many “low frequency”-type earthquakes, and sustained SO2 emission levels. An intense crater glow, incandescent lava dome, lava fountain and flow in the summit area are all indicators of magma activity in the crater. An 8km radius danger zone is currently in force. New reports say that 80,000 people have been evacuated from the area.

Civil aviation authorities also continue to advise caution.  Ash and a potential sudden eruption can be extremely hazardous to aircraft.

The Philippines sits on a unique tectonic setting conducive to volcano formation which forms part of the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’. The archipelago is surrounded by subducting plates which develop as trenches that are related to volcano formation; currently, 24 of these volcanoes are considered active.

This article was attributed and provided by PG International


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