Luray : VA : USA | Dec 20, 2009 at 10:22 PM PST
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Tremors shake Mayon volcano

The Philippines are preparing for the expected eruption of the Mayon Volcano, evacuating more than 50,000 people within a 5 mile radias of the shaking mountain.

Since Friday, experts at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology say a reported 222 tremors and earthquakes have been reported as well as an explosive tremor that thrust a cloud of ash.

In case of more intensive eruptions they are considering extending the evacuation area just to be on the safe side.

At 8,077 foot, The Mayon Volcano is located in the so called "ring-of-fire" or arc formation around the Philippines, causing many earthquakes and tremors on the faultlines.

Since 1616 the earliest recording of the volcano's activitity there have been 49 eruptions from the Mayon. The worst violent lashing of this monster was in 1814 and killed more than 1,200 people. The last eruption in 1993 has left volcano restless until now.

The warning level is currently at a level 4. The levels are numbered as follows.

Level 0 is no alert

Level 1 is Abnormal

Level 2 is Increasing Unrest

Level 3 is Increased Intesity Towards Eruption

Level 4 is Hazardous Eruption Imminent

Level 5 is Hazardous Eruption

Since Friday, the ashy cloud and more than 200 quakes and tremors it will be just days before this hot mountain explodes. Anyone within miles of there is advised to evacuate.

WendyCase is based in Luray, Virginia, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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