About 35,000 people near the Mayon Volcano in the Phillipines are being evacuated after at least 6 blasts were heard and a huge cloud of dust and ash was shooting into the sky this morning. From the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology: “Beautifully symmetrical Mayon volcano, which rises to 2,462 m above the Albay Gulf, is the Philippines’ most active volcano. The structurally simple volcano has steep upper slopes that average 35-40 degrees and is capped by a small summit crater. ” See this BBC Story (which includes pictures). Here are several useful resources for seeing this volcano in Google Earth:
- Location of the Mayon Volcano
- Go to your “Layers” pane in the left panel in Google Earth and turn on the “Geographic Features” layer. This layer shows world-wide volcanoes, and provides excellent descriptions with photos. Use the link above to find the Mayon Volcano and click on the Red Triangle to see a description of the volcano from the Smithsonian Institution. Read more about the volcano layer.
- Current Erupting Volcanoes – From Volcano World
- Earthquake Monitoring – Real-time seismic activity from the last seven days from around the world by the USGS. Read more.