(Editor’s Note: This story was first published by Newsbreak in 2006.)
Mt. Mayon is known for emitting deadly pyroclastic flows which travel at speed of as much as 300 kilometers per hour. Its deadliest eruption, which happened in 1814, killed 1,200 people, buried a church and devastated several towns.
Living at the foot of volcano has since inspired the people of Albay to prepare at all times for an impending disaster. A six-kilometer radius permanent danger zone that is permanently off-limits to people has been set up.
Five alert level warnings were established, each level corresponding to a recommended response measure on the part of the Albay Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, which operates through the Provincial Public Safety and Emergency Management Office.
There have been no casualties in the area following the consecutive eruptions of Mayon Volcano in 2000 and 2001. Albay is now a model in the country for excellence in local and community level disaster management. – Rappler.com