• Short Summary

    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.

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    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6SEEMCXF4OMZ5KR9J1Q937Y0T
    Media URN:
    VLVA6SEEMCXF4OMZ5KR9J1Q937Y0T
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/05/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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