Just when they thought it was safe to go back to their homes… the people of the Philippines displaced by Volcano Mayon are not being allowed to return. The scientists taking the mountain’s pulse warned that the recent calming of moderate eruption activity could still suddenly escalate: “The volcano is not yet finished, so lowering the guard would be dangerous.”
The Philippines’ volcano Mayon lies on the so-called Ring of Fire, one of many others on the continents which encircle the Pacific Ocean.
The evacuation centres are sheltering some 50,000 people. Some farmers begged to be allowed to stay in the danger zone to tend their livestock. Army checkpoints are preventing villagers from returning. The decrease in rumbling, compared to peak levels earlier in the week, has not changed the alert status: eruption imminent.