Mayon Volcano erupts, kills five

World famous Mayon Volcano, one of the major tourist attractions in the Philippines erupted and belched out ashes and hails of rocks on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, killing four foreigners and a Filipino tour guide.

The four German nationals killed in the volcanic accident were identified as Joan Edosa, Roland Tieze, Farah Frances and Furian Stelfer. Their Filipino tour guide was identified with only the name Jerome.

According to reports, the active volcano – Mayon, which can be found in Albay, Bicol, had a phreatic eruption (hydro-thermal explosion) that lasted for 73 seconds. In addition to, Chief state seismologist Renato Solidum said the explosion was triggered when rainwater made contact with hot ash deposits on the crater mouth. Solidum also said, “The steam column that was produced was grayish, but mainly it is water. There is not much pressure on it. There is no new magma yet… The steam carried with it the old ash at the crater of the volcano. It is a normal process in any volcano. If you look at Mayon Volcano, it continuously moves steam, even other volcanoes in the country. But once that steam is trapped, there can be pressure and that can trigger a shallow explosion.”

Further on, Provincial governor Joey Salceda ruled that human activities within the 6-kilometer radius permanent danger zone of the volcano were suspended.

Meanwhile, some parts of Legazpi, Santo Domingo, Malilipot, Bacacay, Tabaco City, Ligao, Guinobatan, Camalig and Daraga are still within the permanent danger zone.