Saturday, January 27, 2018

Deadly mudflows threaten residents near erupting Philippine volcano

Deadly mudflows threaten residents near erupting Philippine volcano
Millions of tonnes of ash and rocks from an erupting Philippine volcano could bury nearby communities due to heavy rain, authorities said Saturday (Jan 27), as tens of thousands flee over fears of a deadly explosion.

The official Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) issued the warning as heavy rains lashed the surroundings of the Mayon volcano, which has been emitting flaming lava and giant clouds of superheated ash for about a week.

Rainwater could combine with the volcanic ash and rock to form deadly, fast-moving mudflows - called "lahars" - that could sweep away entire settlements, authorities said.
[channelnewsasia.com/AFP]
 27/1/17
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