A local mountaineering guide and four foreigners were reported to have died from Tuesday morning explosion of Mt. Mayon in Legazpi City. There were reports of injured persons, according to Governor Joey Salceda, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council. Mayon Volcano spewed ash two kilometers high without warning.
“It was like a pressure cooker exploding,” Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Administrator Dr. Renato Solidum Jr. likened the steam-driven explosion of Mt. Mayon.
“It was like using a sealed pressure cooker with boiling water in it. If the steam pressure is enclosed, that could blow off the lid. Rains seep through the volcano reaching the hot rocks, then it eventually boils forming steam. However, the steam was obstructed by a solidified precipitation, which caused the explosion,” Solidum explained.
Mt. Mayon’s steam eruption and vibration at around 8 a.m. Tuesday lasted 73 seconds with gray to brown clouds reaching 500 meters above the summit, he said.
Strict measures are now implemented to safeguard those who are living nearby the volcano.
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