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Of the Mount Mayon Lunar Tetrad Eclipse

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The moon glows an orange hue during a total lunar eclipse Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, as seen from Bicutan, Paranaque city, east of Manila, Philippines. Wednesday’s eclipse was the second in a series of four total lunar eclipses that occur in six-month intervals and known as a “lunar tetrad.” (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Mayon volcano spews a small amount of white smoke as seen from Legaspi City, Albay province, southeast of Manila on September 16, 2014 (AFP Photo/Charism Sayat)

RIT. Manila (Philippines), 19/09/2014.- A handout picture released by the Philippines Armed Forces Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) shows an aerial view of flood-affected areas in Central Luzon, Philippines, 20 September 2014. At least seven people were killed and more than 100,000 displaced in floods triggered by a tropical storm Fung-Wong in the Philippines, the national disaster relief agency said. Schools, government offices and the financial markets were shut down in the capital and northern provinces, where the floodwaters reached as high as two metres in some areas. Four of the deaths occurred in Manila, including a two-year-old girl who drowned while her family was preparing to evacuate, and a college student who was electrocuted, the disaster relief agency said. (Inundaciones) EFE/EPA/ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES/HANDOUT

RIT. Manila (Philippines), 19/09/2014.- A handout picture released by the Philippines Armed Forces Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) shows an aerila view of flood-affected areas in Central Luzon, Philippines, 20 September 2014. At least seven people were killed and more than 100,000 displaced in floods triggered by a tropical storm Fung-Wong in the Philippines, the national disaster relief agency said. Schools, government offices and the financial markets were shut down in the capital and northern provinces, where the floodwaters reached as high as two metres in some areas. Four of the deaths occurred in Manila, including a two-year-old girl who drowned while her family was preparing to evacuate, and a college student who was electrocuted, the disaster relief agency said. (Inundaciones) EFE/EPA/ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES/HANDOUT

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    Of the Mount Mayon Eruption

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    SS: the Mayon eruption has not been explosive because there is no water in the lava. this indicated that the magma is not from the deep earth. magma that originates from the deep earth must pass through the plates where it accumulates water which is the cause for explosive eruptions that we have seen from the past of several volcanoes.

    Thousands flee as Mayon spews lava September 18, 2014 Molten lava has accumulated at the top of the 2,460-meter (8,070-foot) volcano’s crater, creating a glow in the night sky that sparked both awe and fear among spectators. “It’s already erupting, but not explosive,” said Renato Solidum, Phivolcs director. “Currently, the activity is just lava coming down. If there is an explosion, all sides of the volcano are threatened.” Volcanologist Ed Laguerta said he saw huge glowing lava fragments and super-hot boulders rolling down from Mayon’s crater late Tuesday from as far as 12 kilometers (7 miles) away. “They are big because they can be seen from afar, and they splinter, so they could be car-sized,” he added.

    Lava cascades flow down the slope of restive Mayon Volcano as seen from Legazpi City, Albay province, Philippines, September 17, 2014. Tens of thousands of people living near the Philippines’ most active volcano began to evacuate after increased activity prompted government scientists to warn of an imminent eruption. Dozens of military trucks were dispatched to pick up the residents in the danger zones around Mayon Volcano in Albay province. An estimated 12,000 families or nearly 60,000 residents are in the danger zones that affect three cities and five towns in Albay province. (EPA/ZALRIAN Z. SAYAT)

    The active Mayon Volcano in the Philippines is forcing some 10,000 people to evacuate their homes after seismologists said it could soon erupt. (BBC News Asia Twitter http://pic.twitter.com/IEgk8AONav http://bbc.in/YNIy5K)

    A farmer walks with his buffalo with the Mayon Volcano in the background in Albay province, Bicol region, south of Manila September 17, 2014. The Philippines has evacuated more than 12,000 people from around the foot of its most active volcano as the crater glows red and authorities warn of a possible eruption. Mount Mayon, known for its near-perfect cone shape in the coconut-growing central Bicol region, has recorded a series of recent quakes and rockfalls, indicating a possible eruption within weeks. REUTERS/Stringer (PHILIPPINES – Tags: DISASTER ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)

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      Of the Philippines Mount Mayon

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      In this photo taken Wednesday Feb.26, 2014, smoke billows from the crater of Mayon volcano, one of the country’s most active volcanoes, in Albay province about 550 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines. The volcano, famous for its near-perfect conical shape, had its last “Phreatic explosion” last year that killed five European hikers. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

      The Philippines’ military chief has accused China’s coast guard of firing water cannons at Filipino fishermen to drive them away from a disputed sea shoal (AFP Photo/Kimihiro Hoshino)

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        Of the Manila Philippine White Sun

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        A professional diver holds a “Welcome 2014″ banner while swimming next to a stingray during New Year celebrations inside a large aquarium at a ocean park in Manila December 31, 2013. Neither an earthquake nor a super typhoon have dampened the country’s optimism as 94 percent are entering the New Year with hope instead of fear, according to a new survey by pollster Social Weather Stations reported on Tuesday. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES – Tags: SOCIETY)

        A professional diver holds a “Welcome 2014″ banner while swimming during New Year celebrations inside a large aquarium at a ocean park in Manila December 31, 2013. Neither an earthquake nor a super typhoon have dampened the country’s optimism as 94 percent are entering the New Year with hope instead of fear, according to a new survey by pollster Social Weather Stations reported on Tuesday. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES – Tags: SOCIETY)

        The sun shines on the first day of 2014 as smog from the New Year revelry covered high rise buildings in Manila January 1, 2014. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES – Tags: SOCIETY CITYSCAPE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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          Of the Philippines Zamboanga Rogue Muslim Rebels

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          Government soldiers inside armoured vehicles take part in a firefight with Muslim rebels from Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) amidst smoke from burning houses in a residential district in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines September 12, 2013. Fighting between security forces and rogue Muslim rebels seeking to declare an independent state escalated in a southern Philippine city on Thursday and spread to a second island, officials said. U.S.-trained commandos exchanged gunfire with a breakaway faction of the MNLF holding dozens of hostages in Zamboanga City, on the southernmost island of Mindanao, army spokesman Domingo Tutaan said.REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT POLITICS MILITARY)

          Government soldiers take cover beside armoured vehicles during a firefight with Muslim rebels from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga city, in southern Philippines, September 12, 2013. Fighting between security forces and the rogue Muslim rebels seeking to declare an independent state escalated in Zamboanga city on Thursday and spread to a second island, officials said. U.S.-trained commandos exchanged gunfire with a breakaway faction of the MNLF holding dozens of hostages in Zamboanga City, on the southernmost island of Mindanao, army spokesman Domingo Tutaan said. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT POLITICS)

          Government soldiers take cover during a firefight with Muslim rebels from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines September 12, 2013. Fighting between security forces and rogue Muslim rebels seeking to declare an independent state escalated in a southern Philippine city on Thursday and spread to a second island, officials said. U.S.-trained commandos exchanged gunfire with a breakaway faction of the MNLF holding dozens of hostages in Zamboanga City, on the southernmost island of Mindanao, army spokesman Domingo Tutaan said.REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

          Soldiers of 7th Scout Ranger Company enter an alley to pursue Moro National Liberation Front rebels in downtown Zamboanga in southern Philippines September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY)

          A man picks up bullet casings after Muslim rebels members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) clashed with government soldiers in Zamboanga city, southern Philippines September 9, 2013. Muslim rebels took 30 civilian hostages in the southern Philippines on Monday and held security forces in a standoff as part of a drive to derail peace talks, officials said. Police commandos cordoned off parts of Zamboanga City on the island of Mindanao after a rogue faction of the MNLF took hostages and tried to march to the city hall to raise their flag, an army commander said. REUTERS/Stringer (PHILIPPINES – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)

          Villagers arrive on boats in Zamboanga port after fleeing their homes due to fighting between the government soldiers and Moro National Liberation Front in downtown Zamboanga city, in southern Philippines September 11, 2013. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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            Of the Philippines Tanza Cavite Whale Shark

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            The carcass of a juvenile whale shark, known locally as a “butanding”, lies on the shore amidst rotten water lilies at the coastline of Tanza, Cavite, southwest of Manila, September 5, 2013. The whale shark weighing approximately 300kg (661 pounds), and with a length of 6.72 metres (22 feet), was found by fishermen floating in the sea off Manila Bay on Wednesday, an official from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

            Residents carrying umbrellas stand beside the floating carcass of a juvenile whale shark, known locally as a “butanding”, at the coastline of Tanza, Cavite, southwest of Manila, September 5, 2013. The whale shark weighing approximately 300kg (661 pounds), and with a length of 6.72 metres (22 feet), was found by fishermen floating in the sea off Manila Bay on Wednesday, an official from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

            Children stand on the floating carcass of a juvenile whale shark, known locally as a “butanding”, at the coastline of Tanza, Cavite, southwest of Manila, September 5, 2013. The whale shark weighing approximately 300kg (661 pounds), and with a length of 6.72 metres (22 feet), was found by fishermen floating in the sea off Manila Bay on Wednesday, an official from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

            The carcass of a juvenile whale shark, known locally as a “butanding”, floats in the water at the coastline of Tanza, Cavite, southwest of Manila, September 5, 2013. The whale shark weighing approximately 300kg (661 pounds), and with a length of 6.72 metres (22 feet), was found by fishermen floating in the sea off Manila Bay on Wednesday, an official from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

            Veterinarians from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources measure the carcass of a juvenile whale shark, known locally as a “butanding”, at the coastline of Tanza, Cavite, southwest of Manila, September 5, 2013. The whale shark weighing approximately 300kg (661 pounds), and with a length of 6.72 metres (22 feet), was found by fishermen floating in the sea off Manila Bay on Wednesday, an official from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

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              Of the Philippines Mermaid

              Workers wear a Santa Claus and Little Mermaid costume, as part of their Christmas presentation inside a Ocean Park in Manila December 24, 2012. The Philippines celebrates one of the longest Christmas holidays in the world, playing Christmas carols in shopping malls in September and putting up lanterns and fireworks early in December. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES – Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

              Children watch workers wearing a Santa Claus and a Little Mermaid costumes as part of their Christmas presentation inside a Ocean Park in Manila December 24, 2012. The Philippines celebrates one of the longest Christmas holidays in the world, playing Christmas carols in shopping malls in September and putting up lanterns and fireworks early in December. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES – Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

                Of the Philippines Earthquake

                SS: i have place this earthquake at the original USGS magnitude .. here is why i have done this because when a large quake hits the USGS will post a magnitude that is high but not too high .. and then they will wait and see what happens with the quake. if it cause destruction and large tsunami then they will raise it higher .. if the quake only generates a small tsunami and little damage then they will lower the magnitude .

                7.6 quake hits east of PH 08/31/2012 Residents in coastal areas of northern Samar, eastern Samar, Leyte, southern Leyte, Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Sur were advised to evacuate their homes as a precautionary measure. Phivolcs said waves as high as 19 centimeters hit Surigao at around 10 p.m. Waves caused by the quake also hit the shores of Davao and Siargao but Phivolcs said these were not life-threatening. The tsunami alert level 3 was lifted at 12:10 a.m. Saturday and residents were allowed to return to their homes. However, residents are still warned of aftershocks that may occur.

                Tsunamis create mysterious atmospheric waves: Scientists October 15, 2010 “The tsunami very effectively generates atmospheric gravity waves, and because they’re fast, those waves can effectively travel to the upper atmosphere,” said Michael Hickey, a physics professor and associate dean at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. As the atmospheric waves travel upward, they get larger. “Because the atmosphere decreases in density as you go up, the air molecules can move much farther without bumping into each other,” Galvan explained, adding that as the wave travels through thinner and thinner material, the larger its oscillations can get.

                The Mayon volcano looms over the eastern Philippine city of Legaspi in this 2006 view. A 7.6 earthquake struck off the Philippine coast on Friday, triggering landslides that killed at least one person and a small tsunami that hit the eastern part of the archipelago, authorities said. (AFP Photo)

                Swollen rivers in the aftermath of Kai-Tak. The tropical storm left at least seven people dead after it swept through the Philippines early Thursday and set course for southern China. Kai-Tak battered the northern Philippines, triggering deadly landslides in mountainous regions, and flooding agricultural areas. But even with the storm gone, more monsoon rains were expected in the north of the country, and rivers were expected to continue to burst their banks. Residents here are getting ready to evacuate. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) RESIDENT EMILY GANIGAD SAYING: “We have fears that the flood level will rise. We’re not certain if it will, but we feel there’s a risk because looking over here and over there, it seems we’re surrounded by water.” This week’s deluge is the latest wave of misery to hit the nation – last week, floods killed 95 people and displaced hundreds of thousands, causing more than 50 million U.S. dollars worth of damage. (Reuters Photo)

                This file photo shows the mining town of Padcal, pictured in 2006. The Philippines has indefinitely suspended the operations of the country’s largest gold mine there after a waste spillage near a major river, according to officials. (AFP Photo)

                A view of houses in the gold mining town of Diwalwal in Compostela Valley, southern Philippines May 24, 2012. Up to 90 percent of small-scale Philippine gold production is being smuggled out of the Southeast Asian country, according to estimates from officials and traders, much of it to China. Picture taken May 24, 2012. To match Special Report PHILIPPINES-GOLD/ REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES REAL ESTATE SOCIETY WEALTH)

                A gold trader uses a stone to classify the grade or value of a gold nugget in the gold mining town of Diwalwal in Compostela Valley, southern Philippines May 24, 2012. Up to 90 percent of small-scale Philippine gold production is being smuggled out of the Southeast Asian country, according to estimates from officials and traders, much of it to China. Picture taken May 24, 2012. To match Special Report PHILIPPINES-GOLD/ REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES SOCIETY WEALTH EMPLOYMENT)

                A Filipino miner uses a blowtorch to refine gold nuggets in the gold mining town of Diwalwal in Compostela Valley, southern Philippines May 24, 2012. Up to 90 percent of small-scale Philippine gold production is being smuggled out of the Southeast Asian country, according to estimates from officials and traders, much of it to China. Picture taken May 24, 2012. To match Special Report PHILIPPINES-GOLD/ REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES SOCIETY WEALTH EMPLOYMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

                  Of the Smuggled Mindanao Water Monitor Dragon

                  Scores of endangered reptiles, such as this Mindanao water monitor lizard, which were smuggled into Hong Kong will be returned to their native Philippines on Wednesday, officials said. (AFP Photo/Philippe Lopez)

                  A gold trader weighs gold nuggets in the gold mining town of Diwalwal in Compostela Valley, southern Philippines May 24, 2012. Up to 90 percent of small-scale Philippine gold production is being smuggled out of the Southeast Asian country, according to estimates from officials and traders, much of it to China. Picture taken May 24, 2012. To match Special Report PHILIPPINES-GOLD/ REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES SOCIETY WEALTH)

                  Soaring gold prices are a boon to small-scale miners in the southern Philippines. Camilo Landa takes home 10 times more than the average worker, allowing him to support his eight children. But while miners are reaping rewards, the Philippine government is losing out. By law, gold produced in the country’s small mines should be sold to the Central Bank, to pump up their reserves. But the bank’s purchases have plummeted by 98 percent this year. Many point out to a newly imposed tax on gold as the reason behind the rise in smuggling. Officials and sources say the gold is being smuggled to Hong Kong, the main channel for gold flows into China. SOUNDBITE: DIRECTOR OF BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOSCIENCES, LEO JASARENO, SAYING (English): “Our suspicion is that it’s either black market or smuggled out of the country. So 80 percent of gold, lost.” Reports of illegal sales to China are unverified, but official data from Hong Kong reveals gold shipments from the Philippines went from 11 kilos in the year 2000 to more than 81,000 kilos in 2010. In a puzzling discrepancy, Philippine customs only accounted for three percent of that volume. The government has vowed to impose stricter controls on these small scale mines. Illegal mining now

                    Of the Philippine Serpent Eagles

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                    Philippine Eagle “Mindanao” is seen inside a Philippine Eagle compound in Davao city, southern Philippines August 21, 2011. The Philippine Eagle Foundation conservation center in Davao city breeds the endangered Philippine Eagle or “Monkey-eating Eagle” and reintroduces them to their natural environment. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES – Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

                    Mario Entrolizo, a trainer, gestures next to a Philippine Eagle “Mindanao” inside a Philippine Eagle compound in Davao city, southern Philippines August 21, 2011. The Philippine Eagle Foundation conservation center in Davao city breeds the endangered Philippine Eagle or “Monkey-eating Eagle” and reintroduces them to their natural environment. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES – Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)

                    A worker displays a Australian White Breasted Sea Eagle before performing inside a crocodile farm in Davao city, southern Philippines August 18, 2011. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES – Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)

                    A worker feeds a Australian White Breasted Sea Eagle before performing inside a crocodile farm in Davao city, southern Philippines August 18, 2011. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES – Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY ANIMALS)

                    A Philippine Serpent Eagle or Spilornis Holospilus is in a cage as serpent eagles all considered as protected species. (AP Photo/Pat Roque) A Philippine Serpent Eagle or Spilornis Holospilus is in a cage as serpent eagles all considered as protected species. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)

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