A Very Deadly Beauty

A Very Deadly Beauty
In my previous post, I talked about the pictures of Mayon Volcano that always gets lots of wows on my Facebook page. But what everyone might know is that behind the very majestic beauty is that it can at anytime erupt and even wipe towns that surround it when it will have a major eruption. When it had a major eruption in the late 1800's, it wiped out a big church and a town and what was left was its belfry which has become a tourist spot after that. Actually, it erupted mildly last June 2006. It deposited lavas and boulders on its slope. So that, when a strong typhoon hit Albay, our province here in the Philippines, on November 30, 2006, those lavas and boulders were brought down to some towns near its slope that it buried lots of houses and about more than 300 people drowned in the flash flood that it caused. Though it erupts every less than 10 years, the volcanologists say that being so, it will not have a major eruption. Its activity is being monitored by Philippine Volcanologists so if it will be that it has an unusual activity, people near the designated danger zone will be made to evacuate. But meanwhile that it doesn't erupt, it remains a beauty for everyone to admire.

Comments

Sue
The pictures are wonderful. It looks like a very beautiful place and something to see but I would not want to live close to it. I would always be living in fear. They say it never will but you can never say never. They may know ahead of time and everybody would be evacuated but you could lose everything you have. I wouldn't mind visiting the area and seeing it for myself though.
Posted by Sue on 09-13-2017
SimplyD
You are so right. Tourists would find the place beautiful because of the majestic Mayon volcano but would never want to live here even if it is out of the danger zone. Indeed, cannot rely on the authorities' warning and be evacuated if ever there will be an eruption. The hassle and the fear combined would make one leave the place and live somewhere where Mayon cannot be seen. I agree, you should just visit the area and see it for yourself.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-14-2017
zheh
Me too, i won't consider living near a volcano even if it looks really amazing. I can't imagine the fear i will feel, even if i just see a smoke coming out of it. I'm sure i'll quickly evacuate.
Posted by zheh on 09-14-2017
SimplyD
Yes, I understand your feeling. I also would feel that way. Though, our houses are so far from where Myon Volcano is. Although, there are poor people who even if they are outside the danger zone, they are still a bit near it. Especially those farmers. That's because, since the lands at its foot are very fertile, they have their farms there. They are warned though, when the volcano seems having a heavy activity. They evacuate but returns when it is already safe and the warning is gone.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-15-2017
wiseagent
Nature is something extremely beautiful and there is no denying it, but at the same time it can be highly dangerous. I particularly find this kind of contrast very interesting. I know that isn't ideal for a balance (but I can't ignore this "fascination").

I haven't yet had the opportunity to visit any place so dangerous, but that's - definitely - on my list.
Posted by wiseagent on 09-13-2017
SimplyD
Nature such as volcanoes can indeed be just beautiful to look at. But don't be deceived by its beauty because there is the danger that can erupt at any time, specially that it is an active volcano. Though, people who are outside the danger zone, are used to it already.
Yes, visit our country someday and see this wonder in particular. It is the volcano that has the most perfect cone.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-14-2017
JoeMilford
Thus is incredibly beautiful, and terribly dangerous as well. What an awesome photograph. Like someone else said, I think I would be living in fear as well, like Pompeii or something. Still, it is quite a magnificent photo and landscape and natural event. I would visit, but not live there; of course, some people, because of their economic status, have no choice in where they live or how they can effectively evacuate.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-13-2017
SimplyD
I can understand why you would visit but not live here. People who live here are used to it. They say that as long as they are not in the danger area, they are okay.
Though, as others have said, one can never tell how dangerous will it be until it erupts. So it's better not to live where it is, even if it is out and far from the danger zone.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-14-2017
kingcool52
Some great pictures. It's crazy how some of the most beautiful things in the world can be so dangerous. Volcanoes are extremely dangerous. Especially ones that are not dormant, you just do not know when it could possibly erupt and that is a big problem for the people living in that area. I guess, the only good thing is that it does give a bit of a nice scenery for that area and could possibly be considered a tourist attraction.
Posted by kingcool52 on 09-13-2017
SimplyD
Yes, you are right. Active volcanoes can indeed be extremely dangerous. Though, people here have lived all the time of their lives and just make sure that they are outside the danger zone. That way, they feel secure that if ever it erupts their place won't be hit. As of us, we are far from the danger zone. Prayers keep us safe from its wrath, whenever it erupts.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-14-2017
Jonathan Solomon
Well, from what I've come to grasp. Nature has the ability to be incredibly beautiful. At the same time, she can also be extremely deadly and unforgivable. The volcano you mentioned within your article is a prime example of this. To be honest, I still don't quite understand how nature can be so beautiful, yet so cruel. I'm not really a religious person. But what I do know is that God is considered a builder and destroyer. So maybe that has something to do with it.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 09-13-2017
SimplyD
I agree. Though, there are natural beauties that aren't dangerous. Volcanoes are just one of those dangerous nature things. Though, volcanologists can more or less know if it will be erupting soon. But then as to what extent its eruption will be, I think they can't really predict.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-14-2017
Joteque
Those are beautiful pictures, reminds me of the Island of Montserrat which is one of our neighboring islands located just a few miles away in clear view and perhaps just a 20 minute boat ride. This island has a beautiful volcano, the Soufriere Hills Volcano as well that has erupted in the past. This lead to many villages and people being destroyed leaving certain parts of the island uninhabitable. Some people had to migrate from Montserrat and settle in England as Montserrat is an English colony when the volcano destroyed the town. Montserrat is still a very beautiful place today and many tourists and villages frequent the island. This island is also being monitored for unusual activity to prevent future disasters. I suppose there is a natural cycle that we have to acknowledge and perhaps try to fit in at some point. As human beings we somewhat experience this with some reserves because we cannot help but to focus on the loss of life and disaster outside of the time of beauty and admiration. Ultimately it always returns to beauty and calmness even after many years of the same occurrences that we can admire but at the same time in certain ways cannot get too familiar with for obvious reasons.
Posted by Joteque on 09-13-2017
SimplyD
Here in the Philippines, we have other volcanoes. Others are dormant. Though, one very long long ago dormant volcano, suddenly erupted. It covered a vast nearby place with lahar. It looks like a desert with no people. People made some artifacts and decorations out of the erupted ashes of the volcano. The people now are alert because as they have experienced, even if it is already dormant for many long years, it still erupted. So, the people evacuated the place and live somewhere where it is far from that volcano.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-14-2017
vinaya
If the volcano is so deadly and can erupt any time why are people living in and around this volcano? Why don't they move in a distance where a volcano will not affect them. When a natural disaster occurs, it is because people did not take actions when it was in the burgeoning phase. The pictures of the volcano are beautiful. What you see is not the truth, to find the truth you should see behind it. That's why they say beauty is skin deep.
Posted by vinaya on 09-13-2017
SimplyD
The poor people living in towns that surround it are not rich people who can find a place where they can live and find something where they can farm (lands around the volcanoes are so fertile). That is why they bear living around the volcano though outside what the volcanologists have determined as the danger zone. Besides, our places are very far and safe from the Mayon Volcano. Though, there are really some people who live in places that are near the volcano but outside the danger zone. I agree with you, in comparing this beauty to a beauty that is skin deep. :)
Posted by SimplyD on 09-14-2017
zheh
I think the people that live near the volcanoes are born and raised there. So they are used to it and even if some of them wants to transfer in other community they might not have enough money and their work are there too so they can't just abandon the place.
Posted by zheh on 09-14-2017
Pink_Turtle
wow! this sounds like a dangerous place to live, I know it's being watched but I would feel pretty insecure knowing that it can erupt at any point. I beg turist love this place but I'm not sure it's that safe to live nearby... I know the earth in this sort of places, I mean volcanic earth can be pretty fertil to grow plants, vegetables or fruits but it's definitely a place to consider just for visiting in my opinion...
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 09-13-2017
SimplyD
Actually, there are lots of towns that surrounds Mayon volcano. But they are not so near it or very much far from the declared 6 km danger zone. Though, some poor people whose way of living is farming lives just outside that 6 km danger zone, since as you said lands there are so fertile. So whenever the volcanologists have monitored that there is great activity inside the volcano, it would immediately issue a warning of evacuation until such time that the said great activity will be gone. Those who don't like to evacuate are forcibly evacuated by authorities.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-14-2017
Scarlet
It's perfect cone shape is amazing that was admired by many. A tourist spot indeed by it's beauty and grandeur! Although it's a dangerous place during eruption but it is majestic when it's calm and serene. A place where Elemi tree grew.
Posted by Scarlet on 09-14-2017
SimplyD
Yes, it is so beautiful when it is calm and not having volcanic activities inside of it. But when there are monitored murmurs or rumblings , it is something to be feared of. And indeed the place near it and at its foot, is so fertile. Lots of plants and vegetables are there, being cultivated and taken cared of by the farmers who lives near it.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-14-2017
jayken
You're right. Its very beautiful place living around that is very dangerous. I've been there in Bicol when that time happened I saw some lava flowing down the volcano. it's creepy because it might explode anytime but on the other side, it's really beautiful seeing the lava coming from the top of the volcano. it's so amazing. But I'm scared also for all of our safety that's why we didn't stay there for too long. By the way, bicol has very great places to visit. We also went to church that has been damaged by a major eruption in 1800's.
Posted by jayken on 09-14-2017
SimplyD
So, you are a Filipina too? That's good that you have seen Mayon volcano when it was erupting mildly. Indeed those lava flowing down its slope are so beautiful to look at , in the evening, because their red flaming color is so obvious against the black surroundings of the evening. That damaged church you have mentioned is the Cagsawa church, where the only left to be seen as a remnant of that church is its belfry.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-14-2017
Corzhens
Unless the volcano is almost extinct like Mt. Makiling in Laguna, the danger is always there. I remember the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the province of Zambales, it spewed lahar which is like lava but with a sand-like material as ingredient. The nearby provinces of Bataan and Pampanga were inundated by lahat that rendered the farms a wasteland. From what I know, the vicinity of Mayon Volcano is inhabited by many residents such that if the volcano will erupt, hundreds would surely die. But that's the nature of man. We are always bold and daring when it comes to the dangerous terrain whether in a tropical country or in the polar region.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-14-2017
SimplyD
Yes, that is true. Even if the volcano is dormant it can still spew some lahar like that of Mt. Pinatubo. You are right some people can really be stubborn. They still would live near Mayon Volcano especially at its foot. That's because they earn their living farming. The lands around a volcano is so fertile, that is why their plants really would thrive and they have lots of income. But when a warning is issued by the volcanologists they would evacuate. They would go back once the red alert is gone already I think, we cannot blame them, because it's where they earn their living.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-15-2017
SimplyD
So, you are a Filipina too? That's good that you have seen Mayon volcano when it was erupting mildly. Indeed those lava flowing down its slope are so beautiful to look at , in the evening, because their red flaming color is so obvious against the black surroundings of the evening. That damaged church you have mentioned is the Cagsawa church, where the only left to be seen as a remnant of that church is its belfry.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-14-2017
rose thornes
I remember the Mayon volcano erupted and been feared by many. It also gained a lot of spectators from all over the country. it's a magnificent view at night where you can vividly see the orange lava coming out from it's peak and slowly running down to it's perfect slopes. I remember government warned people not to go near the danger zone but other people insist to go back to their house and tend their animals that left behind. Tourist also flood to witness the mayon volcano glow brightly at night.
Posted by rose thornes on 09-15-2017
lovely
Life with it two sides of the coin.One side beauty and the other side something deadly.Who could believe that with such a beautiful scene lies a deadly trap?But the good thing is that it has been discovered and monitoring team are on the ground to monitor it against any dangerous eruption.At least before any harm is caused people could have evacuated to safety.
Posted by lovely on 09-14-2017
SimplyD
As to this volcano, everyone knows that it is dangerous because it is an active volcano. They know that long ago it had a major eruption. But after that, it would erupt mildly in a span of 10 years or less.
And you are right, at least those farmers who lives at the foot of the volcano , where lands are so fertile and good for farming, are warned by volcanologists when it has some rumblings and activity inside. When that happens, they evacuate immediately and goes back when the alert is gone already.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-15-2017
wallet
You are lucky to live near such a great view, I would be scared to live so near a volcano, even if he erupts once at 10 years. I guess I would get scared at a very small movement of the earth. Still, I like the view and I am sure it looks much nicer in the reality. You have the advantage of a great place to live in and the risk of getting killed.
Posted by wallet on 09-14-2017
SimplyD
And I am lucky that our office is also situated on the second floor of the mall that we manage. We would just gaze at the sea deck to refresh our mind> As for the people, they live far from Mayon Volcano. Though there are some who lives near its foot and those are the farmers who farm on those land at the foot of Mayon where the lands are so fertile. They evacuate when told to, when the volcanologists would disseminate a warning that it is having a rumbling activity amongst the other activities it has inside that they monitors. Evacuation centers are assigned for them to go when that happens. But as to most people, we all live far from the volcano.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-15-2017
Denis_P
Beautiful pictures indeed, it is a true natural wonder. But much like many things in nature, it is obviously not without its dangers. This planet is filled with all sorts of beautiful wonders, whether they are geographical features or amazing animals. However, many of them need to have their beauty observed from a distance as they can be quite dangerous. Whether it's lions and tigers or burning volcanoes and snowy mountains, all can be pleasing to the eye but ready to take lives at a moment's notice.
Posted by Denis_P on 09-14-2017
SimplyD
That is very true. Most of those natural wonders, including animals should just be observed or watched from a safe distance. It is up to us people to take the necessary precautions. What we can all do is to just take pictures from afar from those dangerous natural wonders.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-15-2017
Pixie
I wanted to know more about it and did a google search and found some amazing pictures. I will love to visit Mayon Volcano one day but I am feeling a bit scared to do so. I feel sorry for those people living near the volcano. Their lives are at risk.
Posted by Pixie on 09-14-2017
SimplyD
Don't get scared. The volcanologists issue a warning if it is having some activities thus issues a warning to people. Also, it gives an advisory when it cannot be climbed as some tourists would do. The people who live near it which are mostly farmers are warned to evacuate if ever it is having some rumblings and activities inside. They evacuate and go back after it is cleared that there is no danger anymore. As of us, we live far from it. Though it is very visible anywhere in Albay, our province.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-15-2017
overcast
I think the best part about the volcano is that. You can see that they look good from distance. But if you get closer then they are going to show their side of the issues too. So in that context. It'd be reasonable to say that volcano mountains are not safe. And we have to be away from them. But they do make some good tourist attract from certain distance so they are in media too.
Posted by overcast on 09-14-2017
SimplyD
Yes, the safest is being far from it and just take pictures of it. Though, some tourists would climb it Though, they do that when volcanologists tell them that its safe and up to what extent of the volcano is safe to climb. It actually has a resthouse, halfway of it. Luckily, the resthouse isn't the place where the lavas flow when it erupts mildly. Tourists would really come here when it is erupting mildly because the lavas flowing down its slope is so nice to see at night. They watch it from a far place like ours.
Posted by SimplyD on 09-15-2017
zheh
Mt. Mayon is really beautiful. That's one of the place i want to visit, i remember that time when it mildly erupted in 2006. It's scary though i've just seen it in news. The danger it can do to the community is really alarming. Thank god it did not continue. I have never experience volcanic eruption or seen one in person. I just remember when i'm still young i thought there's a rain or fog but we learned that it's a volcanic ash from Mt. Pinatubo. It's volcanic ash spread upto manila and nearby province like Rizal, where we live in. It's hard to imagine cause it's really far so you can think of what the province near it had suffered. It's one of the great disaster in the 90's. There's other Volcanoes here that are tourist attraction but i can't imagine living near it and thinking about what might happen if it erupts. All the things you worked for and love will be gone in an instant.
Posted by zheh on 09-14-2017
SimplyD
So you are a kababayan. :) Actually, Mayon sometimes spews some very small stones we call "batires", along with ashes. When that happens, all windows of the house are closed and when one goes out her nose is covered and with an umbrella. Have you ever seen it when its erupting mildly and the lavas as flowing down its slope? It's so beautiful really to look at, during the night. I think there are pictures of it in google. From where are you?
Posted by SimplyD on 09-15-2017
jaysolano12
I liked mount mayon, because of its natural beauty that, exist within our country, and greatly appreciated by our own government. The culture of our society here appreciated those natural mold like those craters, the volcanoes. I love to see those things when I travel around the country to pursuit my happiness. Sometimes it's scary to think, what if the Mt. Mayon erupts. It would be a disaster tp the local people who lived within the region is in danger.

Until now that volcano is extremely danger to the people who try to climb up there. Even the Volcanologist suggests not hike, because any time moment, it would erupt a massive amount of lava, and the worse case scenario it will kill more people.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 09-14-2017
johnrajiv123
Living here in the Philippines, I'm no stranger to the beauty and enchanting effect of this marvelous volcano. However, the most beautiful things can also be the most disastrous sometimes. I don't live near the volcano but I have always seen on our local news how hard life can be for the locals of Albay every time there is a tension developing around the volcano. Most of the times they will be asked to evacuate living their livelihood which are mostly roots and crops products. The entire land they are using to farm will be covered in thick and poisonous ashes rendering most of the crops not available for harvest and be sold in the market.
Posted by johnrajiv123 on 09-14-2017
rose thornes
Beautifully dangerous that's the Mayon volcano. I will love to have a view of it in my terrace and admire it's view everyday. You can build a home far from danger zone and still enjoy the scenery outside your window.
Posted by rose thornes on 09-15-2017
kgord
Nature is always beautiful but often deadly, Tat is the dichotomy of the situation. I think that when you are looking for beautiful things in nature you have to realize that these things are both awesome and deadly at the same time. I just think that you have to be aware of the paradox of nature and realize that what is lovely may also kill us.
Posted by kgord on 09-22-2017
babyright
The volcano that erupts from the mountain makes it look beautiful but it ends up killing people thereby becoming ugly.
Posted by babyright on 09-23-2017