Mayon Volcano Observatory

Mayon Volcano Observatory

Mayon Volcano Observatory

Mayon Volcano is the most active volcano in the Philippines. It erupts every few years and most of the time it would rumble quietly as a lot of volcanoes do. Legazpi City sits at the foot of the volcano and barring any comments about the horrible choice of location of the city, it sits just outside the permanent danger zone of the volcano. It is thus important that the status of the volcano be up to date as much as possible. At Ligñon Hill, there is a Mayon Volcano Observatory setup just for that purpose.

Enteriing the Mayon Volcano Observatory Grounds

Enteriing the Mayon Volcano Observatory Grounds

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology is the national authority on anything volcanic and seismic. The Philippines has frequent bouts of both volcanic eruptions and earthquakes with the country sitting in the Pacific Ring of Fire. If there is any event, you can be sure that PHIVOLCS as it is known, will be in the news. They have set up an observatory here to permanently monitor the status of the volcano. I was passing by when I saw that the gate was open. I didn’t know if they were open for visitors but I thought it would be nice to have a look. The place looked more like someone’s house. I didn’t see anyone there but there was a car parked in the driveway. Maybe they were monitoring the intruder outside and hoping he would just go away.

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