Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Full moon may affect Mayon's eruption!

Volcano experts in the Philippines say the gravitational effects of the full moon could produce an eruption of simmering Mount Mayon.

Mayon's two most recent eruptions in 2000 and 2001 coincided with a full moon, the BBC reported."The nighttime explosions were accompanied by incandescent ejections of lava fragments and significant brightening of the summit areas as hot ash, gas and steam were released," the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in a statement Wednesday.

The government has ordered evacuations of nearly 40,000 people from a 6-mile zone around the cone.Mayon has been showing signs of an impending eruption since February, and has been spewing lava and flaming rocks since last month.The volcano has erupted some 50 times over the past 400 years, and in 1993, at least 75 people were killed.

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