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Report on Mayon (Philippines) — 15 October-21 October 2003

Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 15 October-21 October 2003
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2003. Report on Mayon (Philippines). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 15 October-21 October 2003. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Volcano Profile |  Weekly Report (15 October-21 October 2003)


Mayon

Philippines

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

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


According to news reports, the continuing unrest at Mayon led authorities to extend the 6-km-radius Permanent Danger Zone to 7 km in the SE quadrant of the volcano on 13 October. Seismicity and SO2 emissions increased during the previous week. During a 24-hour-monitoring period, ending the night of 17 October, 16 volcanic earthquakes were recorded beneath Mayon's lower flanks. Authorities maintained Alert Level 2 (on a scale of 0-5).

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.

Source: Manila Bulletin