The Perfect Cone

The Perfect Cone
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The Mayon Volcano in the Albay Province of Luzon, is a perfectly symmetrical cone.  It's symmetry is so balanced that its name derives from the heroine Daragang Magayon, or "beautiful lady".

It is also an active volcano with recent eruptions in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  Without a doubt, this "perfect cone" is the most active volcano in the Philippines.  The Mayon Volcano is also along the Pacific Ring of Fire.  This area is where 90% of the world's earthquakes occur and home to 452 volcanoes, 75% of which are active.

These recent eruptions in the last three years were a gift in terms of tourism in the area.  Local hotels in Legazpi City, Daraga, Camalig, Malilipot and Santo Domingo were filled in hopes of seeing an eruption.  Up to 2,400 tourists per day to be exact.  There have been a total of 49 eruptions of the Mayon Volcano in recorded history.

Also known as Mount Mayon, the Mayon Volcano was declared a national park and protected landscape in 2000.  Today there are constant monitors and reports of the volcano, primarily controlled by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Siesmology.

 

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