August 10, 2001 |
Geologists plan to hack a notch into the crater of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines in a dangerous operation to drain a volcanic lake that threatens nearby villages with mass floods, scientists said. Workers with picks and shovels are expected to climb the 4,740-foot volcano next week to chop 16 feet off the lowest point of Pinatubo's summit and bleed the crater lake, said Mylene Villegas, head geologist of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
June 25, 2001 |
After rumbling for five months, one of the Philippines' most active volcanoes erupted Sunday in fountains of bright red lava and towering clouds of ash as car-sized boulders tumbled down its slopes. One massive explosion from the Mayon volcano spewed ash more than nine miles high, with continuous columns of nearly 2,000 feet, officials said. Visibility dropped to near zero within hours as the enormous mushroom cloud began to settle, turning the landscape gray.
June 24, 2001 |
About 3,000 villagers left their homes as a central Philippine volcano unleashed a series of explosions and lava trickled down its slopes in a warning of possible eruption, officials said. Residents of four small villages five miles from the slopes of Mayon volcano--about 200 miles southeast of Manila--fled to evacuation centers in the city of Legazpi, Mayor Imelda Roces said.
February 25, 2000 |
One of the Philippines' deadliest volcanoes erupted, sending rivers of fire surging down its slopes, darkening towns with ash and forcing about 30,000 people to flee, officials said. The Mayon volcano, which has been building in activity since it reawakened last summer, unleashed 14 eruptions throughout the day. No casualties were reported. The volcano, 190 miles southeast of Manila near the city of Legazpi, spewed burning rocks and superheated ash six miles into the sky. On Feb.
September 24, 1994 |
Steaming avalanches of volcanic debris cascaded down the slopes of Mt. Pinatubo on Friday, swamping more than a dozen villages and killing at least 13 people, officials said. Seven people were missing after the volcanic muck swept through 14 villages 20 miles southeast of Pinatubo, Defense Secretary Renato de Villa said. Nine people died in Bacolor and four bodies were recovered in nearby Porac, said Lucia Gutierrez, a social welfare officer in Pampanga province.
March 25, 1993 |
The Mayon volcano erupted 26 times Wednesday, forcing thousands of villagers to flee to evacuation centers already teeming with refugees.