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Philippines Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. State Department

May 01, 2001

The Philippine government is maintaining a level three alert for the area around Mayon Volcano in Albay province. This alert level reflects frequent quakes and tremors and other geological unrest, and that eruption is possible within days to weeks. Philippine government officials have advised residents within the permanent six-kilometer-radius danger zone to resettle to safer areas.

The U.S. Embassy in Manila reminds American citizens that the Philippine government has issued a bulletin cautioning residents and travelers to stay away from the danger zone around the volcano and to avoid gullies and rivers that might channel dangerous volcanic flows to downstream areas.

Although authorities are closely monitoring the volcano's status, volcanic events are difficult to predict. Therefore, the U.S. Embassy urges all Americans contemplating travel to the vicinity of Mayon Volcano to evaluate carefully the potential danger of such travel. Gullies radiating out from Mayon can easily serve as conduits for loose volcanic debris that may travel at high speeds for significant distances beyond the volcano's base. Americans in the area are urged to strictly observe any Philippine government restrictions on travel into the permanent danger zone, and to pay close attention to daily status reports issued by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

American citizens are also encouraged to inform the U.S. Embassy of any travel plans in the area. The U.S. Embassy is located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila City, telephone (63-2) 523-1001, fax (63-2) 522-3242. The Embassy's website is http://www.usembassy.state.gov/posts/rp1/wwwhmain.html.

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