Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Mayon, Philippines

Location: 13.3N, 123.7E
Elevation: 8,075 feet (2,460 m)
Mayon has the classic conical shape of a stratovolcano. It is the most active volcano in the Philippines. Since 1616, Mayon has erupted 47 times.

The most recent eruption, in 1993, began unexpectedly with an explosion. The initial eruption lasted only 30 minutes but it generated pyroclastic flows that killed 68 people and prompted the evacuation of 60,000 others. This photo shows pyroclastic flows descending Mayon on March 2, 1993.

Summit of Mayon with a small ash plume. March 7, 1993. Photograph copyrighted and provided by Steve O'Meara of Volcano Watch International.
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