The Rage of Volcanoes

Volcanic eruptions

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Mount Bulusan volcano eruption in Irosin, Sorsogon, Bicol, PhilippinesMount Merapi in Java, IndonesiaMount Pinatubo in Pampanga, Philippines (1990)Mayon Volcano in Albay, Bicol, Philippines
Mount Bulusan volcano eruption in Irosin, Sorsogon, Bicol, Philippines
Mount Bulusan volcano eruption in Irosin, Sorsogon, Bicol, Philippines | Source
Mount Merapi in Java, Indonesia
Mount Merapi in Java, Indonesia | Source
Mount Pinatubo in Pampanga, Philippines (1990)
Mount Pinatubo in Pampanga, Philippines (1990)
Mayon Volcano in Albay, Bicol, Philippines
Mayon Volcano in Albay, Bicol, Philippines

Bulusan volcano eruption c/o irosinlabuyo

I was awakened by an earthquake last Monday night (14Nov2010) twice; indicating that one of the volcanoes here in Bicol region, Philippines, the Mount Bulusan at Irosin, Sorsogon started erupting, according to the local new reports later.

Just a week ago, in Indonesia, Mount Merapi (or the Mountain of Fire) in Java, Indonesia also erupted (and is continuing) that claimed hundred of human lives and destroyed million amount of properties in the area! The Indonesian government alerted the local residents starting October 25th, but many of them turned deaf about the warning that many of them stayed and met their deaths, a very hot and fiery one.

Just thinking how those unfortunate people met their ends made me shiver with fright and sorrow. Just like the local residents of people here at Irosin, Sorsogon surrounding the 4-kilometer danger zone of Mount Irosin, many of them didn't want to leave their homes for fear of the looters to harvest their vegetables or steal their animals. Due to the intense sprouting of pyroclastic materials from its volcanic ash and heavy downpour of rain, they agreed to go to the evacuation centers (school buildings are often used as temporary homes) for fear of the lahar flow. Not only that, lung diseases are at stake when the residents inhale the sulphur fumes from the volcano.

Last Sept. 24 (Friday), I visited the beach of Manito, Albay, where two hotsprings are located at sitio Parong, barangay Pawa and Nag-aso (Smoking) boiling lake at barangay Hulugan, respectively. At the former one, in barangay Pawa, the hot spring is believed to be the spout of Mayon Volcano, known for it's erratic eruption that also claimed lives of people in the past.

The local residents and I were just talking about visiting Mount Bulusan, but they, said that it is more treacherous and unpredictable to visit the place in Irosin. It's other tourist attraction is Lake Bulusan where you can explore its hot springs. But this time, it's not safe to travel there anymore. The PHIVOLCS (Philippine Volcanology and Seismology) resident staff warned both local and foreign tourists not to cross the danger zone, usually 4 kilometers away from the volcano.

When the rage of volcano can be seen from a distance, we used to admire the 'fury of nature'. Yet, when you can just see, hear and feel the sufferings of the affected people and other lives (animals and all) closely, you're first notion is to pray that the eruption should stop soon.

But I wonder those people who were busy working when they cannot utter a word, neither the shock that should register on their faces when the hot lava inundated them.

I also remember the Mayon Volcano in 1982. I was Grade 4 elementary kid and we saw at a distance the rumbling sound of hot magma coming out its cone. And the volcanic ash also reached our place.

Truly, we can never appreciate the beauty of nature unless we already understand the dangers that are lurking beneath it, just like volcanoes.


Indonesia buried in ash after volcano Merapi eruption c/o RussiaToday

Travel Man's theory on volcanoes.

I'm not a geologist or did I study about it, but with books and supplements or the shows presenting the formation of the Earth, we can only conclude that there are hot magmas that are boiling at the center of this world. But due to gravity, we are able to live on the cooler surface, its soil.

Ever wonder why there are hot springs, water geysers and other hot spouts around the Earth? Surely, these are the veins of our world and it's magma or hot liquid is its blood.

These volcanoes are the 'determinants' or signs if the formation or movement of the Earth is changing, much more with it's disturbances on the sky, like storms, hurricanes, thunder and lightning.

Volcanoes are also the indications that this planet is really alive! It's breathing, through it.

Imagine if this world is dead, it will not have an atmosphere with oxygen that will sustain life. Wow! I think I heard it from my fellow scientists ( I long to be one!). Seriously speaking, the secrets of the Earth are often revealed by the pyroclastic materials that are being thrown when a volcano is erupting.

Let me tell you my observations:

  • During the Mount Pinatubo eruption that brought so much lahar and inundated the lowlands of the province of Pampanga, I've heard from the news that there are very old coins from Europe (specifically from Greece) that were found after the violent activities of the volcano.
  • Volcanoes can unearth even the oldest secrets in human history. Maybe those buried 'wastes' will reveal worth-recording account.
  • Without volcanoes, the Earth will just be land masses with flat surfaces. There will be no mountains, depressions and other irregularities that we will not appreciate or even revered or proclaimed as 'holy' or tourist spots.
  • Without danger surrounding the volcanoes, people will not live its fertile soil and claim it as the highlight of their place.

Haven't I said enough?

A volcano during peaceful time

Mount Vesuvius as seen from Pompeii, Naples, Italy
Mount Vesuvius as seen from Pompeii, Naples, Italy | Source

Philippines is created out of volcanic eruption

We, Filipinos are living dangerously here in the islands of the Philippines. This is the 'larger than life' realities we have to face everyday.

If not with frequent storms and earthquakes, islanders, like me, will not be safe with volcanic eruption.

We're used to it, many Filipinos will say, including me. But the consequences of facing such perils..the tsunamis, floods, diseases and other wrath of the times, we have it here.

I am thinking scientifically right now. Experts proved that my country is located at the 'ring of fire' in the Pacific; along beneath it is the tectonic plates that when moving becomes a periodic earthquake year-round.

Now, I deduced it to one answer: That the Philippines is created out of volcanic eruption. The rage of volcanoes in the islands are frightening if they erupt simultaneously.

Still, God is good or the nature..it is. Because these living 'spouts of the Earth' are not releasing hot lavas at one given time. We still have choices where to go for safer place or peaceful living.


You see, living around these volcanoes can be fruitful with your vegetables and animals, too. There are lots of materials that can be used in providing better homes for the poor, like volcanic ash or sands.

You can call as resilient because, we still thrive after those natural calamities. We cannot get away from it. Maybe, migration is the solution, but I always miss this place. My sentiment will be tha same with others, too.

For a change of surroundings, I can migrate to Canada, Australia or even the USA, but I will still love my Philippines.

My heart and soul is attached to it now. I was born here; for sure, my life will end here. ..

Book and Movies on Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the center of the Earth and other movies on volcanoes

Although, the actors are just portraying fictitious or real-life characters in the movies, I truly admire the special effects people who brought to life the grandeur of the book, Journey to the Center of the Earth, a 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The original plot started in Iceland. There's this German scientist who believes that the volcanic tubes will lead you to the center of the Earth, and there's another life structure there, almost the same as on the surface of this world! But, the scary consequences awaits the characters, like the dinosaurs, the piranha-like fishes and other out-of-this-world creatures. I liked the ending when they were catapulted out from Mount Vesuvius in Italy. I've seen the whole movie last summer.

Oh, I remember. The volcano in Iceland just erupted months ago that delayed all the loading and discharging of cargoes at the port terminals. Even the international flights.

While in my high school years, we viewed the St. Helens for our movie analysis. The other disaster movie was Dante's Peak.

People who watched such kind of movie genre, sympathize with the characters' emotions.

I wonder why we still reminisce about the tragedy after volcanic eruptions and related disasters, like, avalanche, storms, flood or hurricanes. I can conclude that we all have this 'negativity' inside us.

Or we are just learning the grave and hurtful lessons these disasters bring us.


Oh, I remember. The volcano in Iceland just erupted months ago that delayed all the loading and discharging of cargoes at the port terminals. Even the international flights.

While in my high school years, we viewed the St. Helens for our movie analysis. The other disaster movie was Dante's Peak.

People who watched such kind of movie genre, sympathize with the characters' emotions.

I wonder why we still reminisce about the tragedy after volcanic eruptions and related disasters, like, avalanche, storms, flood or hurricanes. I can conclude that we all have this 'negativity' inside us.

Or we are just learning the grave and hurtful lessons these disasters bring us.


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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

Must have been tough to live near the volcano, right?


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

You bet it right, sailor. You can appreciate the splendor of an active volcano when not erupting...but when it begun roaring, better flee for your life. Its ash fall, hot igneous rocks, lava and lahar flow are indications that it will claim lives around it.


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quuenieproac 5 years ago from Malaysia

It must be terrifying during the volcanic eruption. I experienced an earthquake in Manila many years back and I was so scared! You take care travel_man1971.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, Ms. Quuenieproac for the reminder. It's like living like a juggler here in our country. You have to fight the wrath of nature, as in earthquake or volcanic eruption.


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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

Great pics on eruption but it's dangerous to go near the volcano.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Appreciating the rage of volcanoes at a distance is he best thing to do. Thanks, Arian!


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unvrso 4 years ago from Mexico City

I live close to a volcano, and have seen it from a distance of about 30 miles apart. Last year it showed signs of activity; however, we have never experienced an eruption yet, and I expect not to experience one.

The dangers of volcanic activity, not only derive from the ashes and gases ejected, which may bring about health problems to people who are already suffering from respiratory conditions, but also the chaos they produce, and associated chain reactions, especially if occurring in densely populated areas. Voted interesting!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@unvrso: Yes, what you've all said were true. Aside from danger an terror a volcanic eruption may bring, it will also damage the people's crops and bring so much health problems.

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