Mayon Volcano also is known as “Mount Mayon” or “Bulkang Mayon”. It is famous not only because it’s an active stratovolcano but because of its perfect cone shape which everyone in the world admires most.
Bulkang Mayon is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and located in the province of Albay in Bicol Region (Region V) my hometown. It is said that it was named after the legendary princess-heroine “Daragang Magayon” meaning “Beautiful Lady” by the local folklore. No wonder why we have a lot of festival activities in the province associated with it like the “Magayon festival”.
I’m indeed grateful to see its beauty every time I visit my hometown. It is an hour away from Sorsogon City, and once you reached Albay, you will easily notice it. Before the plane from Manila to Legazpi landed, you got the chance to enjoy the view from the plane’s window. I always picked my seats near the window cause I’m the kind of person who enjoys watching the city skyline, the scenic view, and the clouds. It’s an extra bonus for people to see these delightful things on their flight to Legazpi and be entertained by the view of Mount Mayon.
For the past weeks, Mayon Volcano has been very active. The lava flow is visible during the nights and somehow enjoyed by the locals and tourists. It is beautiful, however, it is also dangerous and frightening for the people who lived near the volcano. Camalig Albay is the most affected area within the province and there are plenty of people who are already in the evacuation centers. Cebu Pacific, AirAsia and Philippines airlines flights were also canceled due to the eruption of the volcano. I was glad that just recently the flights are back to normal and people from Albay who are at the evacuation center are getting a lot of help from the Government and other entities. There are programs from Department of Social Welfare and Development for people who have been affected by the volcanic eruption of Mayon. The Cash-for-Work is programmed under the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management that aims to help the affected families.
Based on the latest update from Phivolcs last January 28, 2019, Alert Level 4 remains in effect over Mayon Volcano. Updates will be given to public and its concerned stakeholders by DOST-PHIVOLCS, as they maintained close monitoring to Mount Mayon.
Visit www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph for more details.
NAME OF VOLCANO: MAYON
LOCATION: Albay, 300 km southeast of Manila
Elevation: 2.46 km
Base Diameter: 20 km
Base Circumference: 62.8 km (reckoned from 10-km radius) encompassing the towns of Camalig, Malilipot, and Sto. Domingo
Type of Volcano: Stratovolcano
Adjacent Volcanic Edifice: Mt. Malinao, Lignon Hill, and Balong Gloria Hill
Rock Type: Basalt to Olivine-bearing Pyroxene Andesite
Tectonic Setting: Bicol Volcanic Chain
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