Friday, June 09, 2006

Indonesia is threatened by eight possible volcano eruptions

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology is closely monitoring at least eight active volcanoes in the country which are showing signs of impending major eruptions.

Speaking before the weekly forum Kapihan sa Sulo, Philvocs Director Renato Solidum Jr.
identified the eight restless volcanoes as Mt. Bulusan, Taal volcano, Mayon, Mt. Pinatubo; Mt. Canlaon; Mt. Hibok-Hibok, Mt. Matutum and Mt Parker. The last two are in Mindanao.

“These eight volcanoes are among those 22 active volcanoes in the country, but these (have been) frequently erupting since (the) 1960s, that is why we are keeping our eye on these,” Solidum said.
According to Solidum, Philvocs is monitoring allactive volcanoes in the country as these may cause a strong earthquake in the future.

He said a strong earthquake like the killer temblor that hit Indonesia last week may strike the country since the Philippines is within the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Earthquakes are normal occurrences in the Philippines with Philvocs recording more than 20 weak temblors every day.

The country experiences at least one to two strong earthquakes every five years.

Because of this, Solidum once more called on the public to be always prepared for disasters.

Copies of a preparedness manual is already available at Philvocs for the general public especially people living in fault line areas.

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