Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Over 12,000 evacuated ahead of Philippines volcano eruption

MANILA - The Philippines has evacuated more than 12,000 people from around the foot of its most active volcano as the crater glows red and authorities warn of a possible eruption.
Mount Mayon, known for its near-perfect cone shape in the coconut-growing central Bicol region, has recorded a series of recent quakes and rockfalls, indicating a possible eruption within weeks.
"We are now raising the alert status of Mayon Volcano from alert level 2 to 3," Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), said on Tuesday.

Joey Salceda, governor of the central Albay province, said more than 12,000 people were forcibly evacuated.
"What the alert level 3 did was to fast-track the preparation to evacuate 12,000 families in the 6-8 km extended danger zone," he said.
The evacuees would be housed in temporary shelter for as long as three months, he said. More villagers, facing the southeastern crater rim, would be moved to safer areas if Mayon erupts.
Troops were enforcing the no-go area, preventing people from returning home.
A major eruption is not expected to impact the country's farm output with mostly subsistence farmers tilling the land around the volcano. There is also no major industry in the area.
But an eruption could boost tourism, as happened the last time Mayon erupted in 2009. It has erupted nearly 50 times over the last 600 years.
The most destructive eruption was in February 1841, when lava flows buried a town and killed 1,200 people. 
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http://www.todayonline.com/world/philippines-evacuates-thousands-volcano-glows-red
16/9/14

4 comments:

  1. Η κυβέρνηση των Φιλιππίνων διέταξε την εκκένωση τουλάχιστον 12.000 ανθρώπων που κατοικούν στους πρόποδες ενός ενεργού ηφαιστείου, καθώς αυτό φαίνεται πως πρόκειται να εκραγεί, μεταδίδει το πρακτορείο ειδήσεων Ρόιτερς....

    Πρόσφατοι σεισμοί που έχουν καταγραφεί καθώς και κατολισθήσεις υποδεικνύουν μια πιθανή έκρηξη μέσα στις επόμενες εβδομάδες. «Ανεβάζουμε την κατάσταση επικινδυνότητας του ηφαιστείου Μαγιόν από το 2 στο 3», δήλωσε την Τρίτη ο Ρενάτο Σολίντουμ, επικεφαλής του Ινστιτούτου Ηφαιστειολογίας και Σεισμολογίας των Φιλιππίνων.

    Ο Τζόι Σαλκέντα, κυβερνήτης της επαρχίας Άλμπεϊ δήλωσε ότι τουλάχιστον 12.000 άνθρωποι αναγκάστηκαν να εγκαταλείψουν τις εστίες τους. «Η αύξηση της κατάστασης επικινδυνότητας στο 3 είχε ως αποτέλεσμα να επισπευτεί η διαδικασία εκκένωσης 12.000 κατοίκων σε ακτίνα 6-8 χιλιομέτρων», είπε.

    Οι άνθρωποι που αναγκάστηκαν να εγκαταλείψουν τα σπίτια τους θα στεγαστούν για χρονικό διάστημα πιθανόν μέχρι και 3 μηνών σε προσωρινά καταφύγια, δήλωσε ο Σαλκέντα.
    http://www.zougla.gr/kosmos/article/filipines-ekenononte-ikismi-logo-ifestiou
    16/9/14

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  2. Philippines Warns Mount Mayon Could Erupt, Begins Evacuation.....

    The Philippines has begun a forced evacuation of residents near the country's most active volcano, which officials warn is glowing red and could soon erupt.

    Authorities said Tuesday a recent increase in volcanic earthquakes and rockfalls at Mount Mayon means there could be a hazardous eruption "within weeks."

    Anyone living within six kilometers of the volcano is being evacuated. Soldiers are preventing those who have left from returning to their homes.

    The 2,460-meter Mount Mayon, which is located about 340 kilometers south of Manila in Albay province, is known for its picturesque conical shape.

    It has erupted dozens of times in the last several hundred years. The most violent eruption occurred in 1814, when lava buried the town of Cagsawa, killing 1,200 people.

    In May 2013, five climbers were killed near the summit after the volcano spewed ash on them.
    http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-warns-mount-mayon-could-erupt-evacuation/2451119.html
    16/9/14

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  3. Les Philippines ont ordonné l'évacuation des populations vivant près d'un des volcans les plus actifs de l'archipel, craignant une éruption dans les semaines à venir....

    Le magma a atteint le cratère du Mayon situé dans une région côtière et agricole à 330 kilomètres au sud-est de Manille, dans le sud de l'île principale de l'archipel, Luzon, selon le directeur de l'agence de vulcanologie, Renato Solidum.

    "Une éruption importante est possible dans les semaines à venir", a-t-il déclaré à l'AFP dans un message texte. Les habitants dans un rayon de six kilomètres autour du volcan devraient être évacués, a précisé le responsable régionale de la défense civile, Bernardo Alejandro.

    Plus d'une centaine de personnes ont déjà quitté la zone. L'alerte a été portée au niveau trois sur une échelle de cinq. La dernière éruption du Mayon remonte à mai 2013. Trois touristes allemands et leur guide philippin avaient péri.

    Célèbre aux Philippines pour la quasi-perfection de son cône, ce volcan est entré en éruption une cinquantaine de fois au cours des 400 dernières années. L'explosion la plus meurtrière s'est produite en 1814, lorsque 1.200 personnes sont mortes sous des flots de lave.

    En décembre 2009, des dizaines de milliers d'habitants avaient quitté provisoirement leurs habitations lorsque le volcan avait craché des cendres et de la lave.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_09_16/Philippines-evacuations-autour-dun-volcan-en-prevision-de-son-eruption-3600/
    16/9/14

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  4. Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava....

    Lava cascaded down the Philippines' most active volcano on Sept. 17 as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption.

    Mostly women, children and the elderly carrying bags of clothes were hauled out of farming villages near Mayon volcano's slopes on board army trucks and minibuses.

    Soldiers went from house to house asking residents to evacuate, after authorities on Monday raised the third highest alert in a five-step scale, meaning a full-scale eruption is possible "within weeks".

    Before dawn Wednesday, Mayon's crater glowed red as molten rocks flowed as far as halfway down its slopes.

    The volcano's world-renowned perfect cone appeared to have been deformed, swollen with lava that had risen from the Earth's core.

    At least 8,000 of the target 50,000 people had been moved to temporary shelters, with the operation expected to run for three days, regional civil defence director Bernardo Alejandro told AFP.

    However he said the evacuation operation was sapping precious disaster-relief funds and manpower in Albay province, which is regularly battered by typhoons at this time of year.

    "The province can sustain them [in evacuation centres] for not more than a month... we cannot exhaust all our disaster funds on Mayon," Alejandro said.

    The deadliest and most powerful of the roughly 20 typhoons that batter the Philippines every year happen towards the end of the year, bringing floods, landslides and storm surges to eastern provinces such as Albay that face the Pacific Ocean.

    State volcanology agency director Renato Solidum said more magma was moving up the crater each day, although for the time being the alert level would remain at three. Level five means an eruption is occurring...................http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rushed-evacuations-as-philippine-volcano-spews-lava.aspx?pageID=238&nID=71815&NewsCatID=356
    17/9/14

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