ACT Alert Philippines 1/01: The Mayon Volcano in Philippines forcing thousands to flee

News and Press Release
Originally published
Geneva, 24 June, 2001
Dear Colleagues,

Some 10, 000 of residents fled the Mount Mayon in the central Philippines due to another eruption of the volcano known as one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines. The explosion was registered at 13:00 (5:00 GMT).

The Philippine Institute of Vulcanology and Seismology set the alert level at a maximum 5, anticipating an even greater eruption.

The volcano was being reported erupting gently for days before the final explosion. The local population complained on the volcano making 'very strong noises' for days prior to the final eruption, which could have been used as a good basis for an early warning.

Local government, troops and police responded quickly and efficiently, evacuating some 10,000 from the affected area to safer zones. No casualties have been reported.

ACT Int'l Coordinating Office will revive and maintain communication lines with its member in Philippines, National Council of Churches Philippines, with regard to the potential for an emergency response to the affected population.

We shall keep you informed of all further steps relative to this crisis and our proposed assistance to the needy in Philippines.

Thank you for your attention.

ACT is a worldwide network of churches and related agencies meeting human need through coordinated emergency response.

The ACT Coordinating Office is based with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Switzerland.

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