The Mayon Volcano in the central Philippines began spewing red-hot lava once again in May the 2nd, and with an increase in its activity, some 11-thousand villagers are now on the alert, ready to flee should the lava flow become heavier.
AV's: Philippines Air Force plane flying over Mayon Volcano.
SV & CU: Medicines are unloaded from military truck, at Legaspi. (3 SHOTS)
SV & CU: Air Force General Ernesto Bueno and Chief Volcanologist Gregorio Andal (striped shirt look at map at airport.
SV: Bueno and Andal stand near aircraft, looking towards volcano.
By Tuesday (9 May), most of the 11-thousand villagers threatened by the Mayon volcano had gone back to their daily occupations in the hope that the danger was over. A lava stream has been edging down the volcano's sides for more than a week, but not enough to constitute a real danger to the handful of villages at its base. An early-warning system involving the tolling of church bells had been set up to signal the need for evacuation.
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Background: The Mayon Volcano in the central Philippines began spewing red-hot lava once again in May the 2nd, and with an increase in its activity, some 11-thousand villagers are now on the alert, ready to flee should the lava flow become heavier. Local officials in the area, which is about 200 miles (320 kilometres) south-west of Manila, have already prepared emergency plans to get the population out of danger at very short notice.
SYNOPSIS: Airforce planes have been keeping a close check on the Mayon Volcano's rumblings, while further down in the villages which are in the danger area, early warning systems have been set up to give the people adequate time to move out should it be necessary. The Volcano has erupted forty times between 1616 and 1968, often leading to loss of life on a big scale. In 1814, more than 1200 people were wiped out in an unusually sudden eruption.
In the current crisis, emergency operations are being co-ordinated in Legaspi, one of the villages on the fringe of the threatened region. Stocks of emergency medicines have been brought in, and military leaders have been working with the Philippines chief volcanologist, Gregorio Andal, to try to predict what Mayon is likely to do. But their hope is that the noisy volcano will calm down again so that evacuation can be avoided.