Mayon Volcano The perfectly symmetrical Mayon Volcano rises just above the Albay Gulf, is the most active volcano in the Philippines. This volcano has eruptions dating all the way back to 1616!
Basic Facts Country: Philippines Location: Albay, 300km SE of Manila Volcano Type: Stratovolcano (a tall volcano with many layers of hardened lava, tephra, and volcanic ash) Volcano Status: Historical Last Known Eruption: 2009 Summit Elevation: 8,007 feet Latitude: 13°15’24” N Longitude: 123°41’6”E I’ve seen a lot of volcanoes and I think Mayon is the archetypal volcanic beauty - Mahar Lagmay, volcanologist, University of the Philippines
More Info: Rock Type: Basalt to Olivine- bearing Pyroxene Andesite Tectonic Setting: Bico Volcanic chain Base Circumference: 62.8 km Base Diameter: 20 km Base Area: 314.1 km ²
Volcanic Activity Number of Historical Eruptions: 47 Latest Eruption/Activity: June 1, 2001- mild eruption, quiet infusion of lava June 23, 2001- Strombolian; explosive but not hazardous June 24, 2001- Vulcanian; hazardous eruption July 26, 2001- Vulcanian; hazardous eruption Eruption Types: Strombolian- 1978, 1 st phase of 1984 eruption Vulcanian- 1 st phase of 1968, 2 nd phase of 1984 eruption Plinian- 1814
Mt. Mayon Ledgend Once there was a beautiful princess named Daragang Magayon, and because she was so beautiful she had many princes and famous warriors that wanted her as a wife. Of all the people she could have chosen, she picked a man from a tribe that was a rival tribe and her parents would not approve. When the families found out about the affair the two decided to commit suicide together. They were buried separately and a few months after they were buried, a volcano started to grow right where the princess was buried. The volcano was later named after her for its beauty and perfection.