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Report on Babuyan Claro (Philippines) — February 1980

Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 5, no. 2 (February 1980)
Managing Editor: David Squires.

Babuyan Claro (Philippines) Hot mudflows force evacuation

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1980. Report on Babuyan Claro (Philippines) (Squires, D., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 5:2. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198002-274030.

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Babuyan Claro


19.523°N, 121.94°E; summit elev. 1080 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

Hot mudflows from Babuyan Claro [but see below] damaged rice fields and roads, and forced the evacuation of nearby residents according to a Kyodo radio report dated 8 February. PNA radio reported that a three-man COMVOL was sent to study the volcano. . . .

Geologic Background. Five Pleistocene-to-Holocene volcanic centers occupy Babuyan de Claro Island north of Luzon. The largest edifice is Babuyan Claro (Mount Pangasun), an active stratovolcano with two summit craters 300 and 400 m in diameter. The symmetrical basaltic andesite cinder cone of Smith Volcano (Mount Babuyan), 4 km NW of the summit, is the youngest volcanic feature on the island. Both Babuyan Claro and Smith have apparently been active in historical time, although the identity of the erupting volcano is not always certain. Askedna Hot Spring is located at the southern base of Babuyan Claro.

Information Contacts: Kyodo radio, Tokyo; PNA radio, Manila.