Wednesday, September 24, 2014

October 8 lunar eclipse to affect Mayon's volcanic activity?

LEGAZPI CITY—The lunar eclipse on October 8 may have an effect on Mayon's volcanic activity, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta said earlier today.
Mayon Volcano
Mayon Volcano
Photo by Shanti Nacion Serrano
Laguerta explained that eruption, earthquakes, or a sea level increase may result from the gravitational pull on the magma.

He was silent, however, on the possibility of a blood red moon, or the coppery red appearance of the moon due to dust and ash in the atmosphere.

Laguerta said that Phivolcs is continuing to monitor the volcano, despite the seeming lull in visible activity.

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He said that the lull could merely be a prelude to an eruption similar to what happened in September to October 1984.


A lunar eclipse also occurred in 1814 a week before the destructive eruption that buried several towns in Albay, Laguerta said.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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