The Fury of Daragang Magayon

Why can something so beautiful be so deadly? Early this morning, (May 7, 2013), I was having a grand time looking at Mayon Volcano while swimming in the sea at Manhattan Beach Resort, Sto. Domingo, Albay. I and my companion were talking about her coquettish that she hids herself just when the first flight arrives in Legazpi City airport. We are looking at the peak of Mayon and when we got the camera, only her feet can be seen.


a boat passed by while we are  wading in the water and a bird flew overhead, it was so serene.




At around 8:00AM today, Mayon Volcano had a Phreatic Explosion which caused an estimated vertical ash column of almost three kilometres. Initial reports receive by PDRRMC through the APSEMO showed that several foreign and local climbers are at the vicinity of Camps 2 and 3 of the volcano threatened by the explosion.


1. Issuance of PDRRMC Advisory 1 for public safety and disaster avoidance.
2. Conducted Joint RDRRMC/PDRRMC Emergency Response Meeting for operational protocol.
3. Dispatched teams (PRC, BFP, Philippine Navy, OCD, BRTTH, Sto. Domingo MDRRMC) to 3 jump off sites (Lidong, Sto. Domingo, Bonga, Bacacay, San Roque, Malilipot) to assist and provide emergency transportation to injured climbers.
4. Requested air asset support from AFP through the OCD5 to conduct area reconnaissance and air to ground operation for injured victims.
5. DOH and PHO are advised to monitor ashfall condition in the 3rd district of the province
6. Continuous monitoring of the response operation.
7. DOH V provided body bags and emergency supply for the operation

Status of 27 Affected Climbers:

1. Reported dead: 5 (4 foreigner and 1 local)
2. Reported injured: 8
3. Rescued: 4 (1 foreigner and 3 locals)
4. Able bodied 10


1. Suspension of all human activity within the Six (6) Kilometers radius Permanent Danger Zone of the volcano to include mountain climbing, farming and orchid gatherings and ATV tour activities beyond lava front.

2. Mountain climbers to immediately clear the 6 km Permanent Danger Zone and responders to meet climbers at a safe pre-designated area.

3. Close monitoring of C/MDRRMC of Legazpi City, Tabaco City, Ligao City, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan and Malilipot and report any untoward incident in their respective areas of jurisdiction and call for emergency meeting for contingency planning.

4. Reiterate that Mayon Volcano mountaineering (or volcanoeering) is subject to prior notification to PTCAO/APSEMO/DOT.

5. Extra care and caution in conducting human activity in the 6-km. PDZ.

Prepared by:

APSEMO Technical Staff
Reviewed by:

Prov’l Gov’t Dep’t Head


Albay Governor (from his fb page)

A phreatic eruption, also called a phreatic explosion or ultravulcanian eruption, occurs when magma heats ground or surface water. The extreme temperature of the magma (anywhere from 500 to 1,170 °C (932 to 2,138 °F)) causes near-instantaneous evaporation to steam, resulting in an explosion of steam, water, ash, rock, and volcanic bombs. – Joey Salceda

198863_10151679828091756_1365214966_nphotos of explosion from Governor Joey Salceda

a brief showing of fury resulting to five (5) deaths and several injured (mountain climbers)

a brief showing of fury resulting to five (5) deaths and several injured (mountain climbers)


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