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Report on Mayon (Philippines) — July 1981

Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 6, no. 7 (July 1981)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

Mayon (Philippines) Mudflow casualties updated

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1981. Report on Mayon (Philippines). In: McClelland, L. (ed.), Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 6:7. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198107-273030.

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Mayon

Philippines

13.257°N, 123.685°E; summit elev. 2462 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


Updated casualty figures indicate that the S- and E-flank mudflows triggered 30 June by typhoon Daling killed 40 persons, injured nine, and left seven missing. Other reported casualties were caused by the typhoon itself and associated flooding.

Further Reference. Gianan, O., 1982, A volcano disaster preparedness plan: mechanics of implementation of "Operation Mayon": Proceedings of the First Seminar Workshop on Philippine Volcanoes and Volcanic Terranes, Quezon City, Dec. 1982, p. 88-97.

Geologic Background. Beautifully symmetrical Mayon, which rises above the Albay Gulf NW of Legazpi City, is the Philippines' most active volcano. The structurally simple edifice has steep upper slopes averaging 35-40 degrees that are capped by a small summit crater. Historical eruptions date back to 1616 and range from Strombolian to basaltic Plinian, with cyclical activity beginning with basaltic eruptions, followed by longer term andesitic lava flows. Eruptions occur predominately from the central conduit and have also produced lava flows that travel far down the flanks. Pyroclastic flows and mudflows have commonly swept down many of the approximately 40 ravines that radiate from the summit and have often devastated populated lowland areas. A violent eruption in 1814 killed more than 1,200 people and devastated several towns.

Information Contacts: O. Peña, COMVOL, Quezon City.