Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano, the most active volcano in the Philippines, is erupting again. The activity started last January, and it's still continuing until now. Eruption types have ranged from Strombolian to Vulcanian. The volcano is continuously degassing, with some occasional lava fountaining. Here are some photos I took when got a chance to go there.

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Mt. Pulag forest fire

A few weeks ago, a portion of Mt. Pulag National Park caught fire after a butane stove from one of the campers accidentally exploded. Hiking and camping in the park has since been suspended, and those responsible have been sued and threatened with an PhP18.4 million (US$ 350,000) fine plus possible jail time. Using Sentinel-2... Continue Reading →

Mining flood height data from social media

I think we can all agree that social media is a gold mine of data; one particularly underutilized area is extracting hazards-related data and making it useful for analysis. Last September 12, two typhoons almost simultaneously crossed the Philippines bringing heavy rains in many parts of the country. This caused floods in many different areas.... Continue Reading →

Bringing hazard maps to communities

It's not often that I get the chance to participate in activities that bring our work to the communities. So when a colleague invited me to help out with their event, I jumped at the opportunity. Plus it was in my home region, so that was a bonus. I was there mostly to provide answers... Continue Reading →

Dangerous debris flows

A little over a month ago, heavy and sustained rainfall in Mocoa, Colombia triggered deadly landslides and debris flows, claiming more than 300 lives. Post-event analysis by scientists from GFZ Potsdam show that more than 600 landslides occurred within the watersheds next to town. The mixture of soil, rocks and debris from the landslides mixed with water... Continue Reading →

Bohol fault-finding

Photo above: At Inabanga, Bohol, where the ground rose about 3 meters. If you look closely, there's a person among the rubble, for scale. The 2013 Bohol earthquake was one of the Philippines' biggest earthquakes in recent history. It was a terrible disaster; killing a lot of people and damaging millions of pesos worth of properties. What's... Continue Reading →

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