Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Week 8      5-7-13

Due to computer issues on Seth's end we are using this as our update this week..

Elder Llorens was not anywhere near this incident, but it highlights the danger of hiking up this active volcano.

Seth and the Volcano
This is the volcano that just erupted...hasn't erupted
since 2010.

May 7, 2013

Associated Press: Five climbers have been killed after one of the Philippines' most activevolcanoes rumbled to life, spewing room-sized rocks towards them.The group of nearly 30 climbers and their Filipino guides had spent the night camping before setting out at daybreak on Tuesday for the crater of the Mayon volcano when a sudden explosion of rocks, ash and plumes of smokes jolted the mountain, guide Kenneth Jesalva told ABS-CBN TV.

He said rocks "as big as a living room" rained down, killing and injuring members of his group, some of whom were in critical condition. Jesalva said he rushed back to the base camp at 914 metres (3,000ft) to call for help.Among the dead were three Germans and their Filipino guide, said the Albay provincial governor, Joey Salceda. He added that everyone on the mountain had been accounted for at midday, except for a foreigner who was presumed dead.

Eight people were injured, and the others were being brought down the mountain, Salceda said.
Ash clouds have cleared over the volcano, which was quiet later in the morning.

"The injured are all foreigners … They cannot walk. If you can imagine, the boulders there are as big as cars. Some of them slid and rolled down. We will rappel the rescue team, and we will rappel them up again," he said from Legazpi, the provincial capital.

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