The man who watches the volcano

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The man who watches the volcano

Fifty-nine year-old Ed Laguerta has spent more than two decades – almost half his life – watching Mayon Volcano. He has witnessed 6 of its 49 recorded eruptions, and has been tasked with the job of observing, gathering data, and advising officials when an eruption is imminent. Laguerta says it’s a job that deals with the unknown on a daily basis: waiting for the eruption that could be a harmless spurt of lava or turn out to be a hazardous explosion. While he now uses sophisticated equipment to monitor the volcano’s activity, Laguerta has become familiar with the moods of what he calls a charming but deceptive volcano. “Mayon is a legend of a lady, a beautiful lady, and it seems to be charming because of its beauty, conically-shaped, symmetrical. But deep inside, sometimes, it gets angry and shows tantrums and erupts unknowingly.”

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