Metro Manila · 23 Active Volcanoes in the Philippines

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The Philippines belongs to the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Metro Manila is fortunately safe from the latter. Here we give you an overview of the archipelago's 23 active volcanoes and the latest eruptions.

There are 23 active volcanoes and a number of inactive ones in the country, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS). They stretch from Batanes in the north to the southernmost islands. The active volcanoes rank as some of the deadliest in the world, with eruptions that caused fatalities in the not-so-distant past.

Mayon Volcano, world-renowned for its perfect cone located in the Bicol region, has the most number of recorded eruptions. Next are Taal Volcano in Batangas and Kanlaon Volcano on Negros Island. Recently, Mayon Volcano made it to the headlines once again for showing signs of activity. Thousands of residents fled their homes for the safety in evacuation centers.

The most disastrous volcanic eruption was in 1991. The Mount Pinatubo catastrophe is known as the second largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century. An estimated 800 people died in the tragedy. Close monitoring of the volcano prevented the further loss of lives. Today, Mt. Pinatubo, located 87 kilometers northwest of Metro Manila, is a favorite tourist destination for adventure seekers.

Local governments are constantly updating their constituents and visitors when a volcano in their area is showing signs of activity.

In the Cagayan Valley and the Babuyan Island Group, a province nearby, there are also a number of active volcanoes. This includes Cagua, Babuyan Claro, Camiguin de Babuyanes, and Smith. With the islands sprinkled with volcanoes, Megacitizens can have a better idea of where the active ones are located by taking a look at the PHIVOLCS data below.

List of active volcanoes in the Philippines

Latitude (LA), Longitude (LO), Elevation (EL) in Km, Amount of Recorded Historical Eruptions (RHE), Latest Eruption /Activity (LE)

Babuyan Claro

LA: 19' 31.5", LO: 121' 57" (Cagayan), EL: 

0.843, RHE: 4, LE: 1917

Banahaw

LA: 14' 00", LO: 121' 29" (Laguna, Quezon), EL: 2.169, RHE: 3, LE: 1843

Biliran

LA: 11' 39", LO: 124' 27.5" (Biliran Island), EL: 2.169, RHE: 1, LE: 1939

Buddajo

LA: 6' 0.8", LO: 121' 3.4" (Sulu), EL: 0.62, RHE: 2, LE: 1897

Bulusan

LA: 12' 46.2", LO: 124' 03" (Sorsogon), EL: 1.565, RHE: 17, LE: 2010/11

Cagua

LA: 18' 13.3", LO: 122' 7.4" (Cagayan), EL: 1.160, RHE: 2, LE: 1907

Cabalian

LA: 10°17'13.2", LO: 125°13.25' (Southern Leyte),

Camiguin de Babuyanes

LA: 18' 50", LO: 121' 51.6" (Cagayan), EL: 0.712, RHE: 1, LE: 1857

Didicas

LA: 19' 04.6", LO: 121' 12.1" (Cagayan (Babuyan Island Group)), EL: 0.843, RHE: 6, LE: 1978

Hibok-hibok

LT: 9' 12.2", LO: 124' 40.5" (Camiguin), EL: 1.332, RHE: 5, LE: 1948-53

Iraya

LA: 20' 29", LO: 124' 01" (Batanes), EL: 1.009, RHE: 1, LE: 1454

Iriga

LA: 13' 27.4", LO: 123' 27.4" (Camarines Sur), EL: 1.143, RHE: 2, LE: 1642

Kanlaon (Malaspina)

LA: 10' 24.7", LO: 123' 7.9" (Negros Oriental), EL: 2.435, RHE: 26, LE: 2006

Leonard Kniaseff

LA: 7' 22.9", LO: 126' 2.8" (Davao del Norte), EL: 0.2, RHE: No Data, LE: 1800 years ago

Makaturing

LA: 7' 28.8", LO: 124' 38" (Lanao del Sur), EL: 1.94, RHE: 10, LE: 1882

Matutum

LA: 6' 22", LO: 125' 04" (Cotobato), EL: 2.286, RHE: 1, LE: 1911

Mayon

LA: 13' 15.4", LO: 123' 41.1" (Albay), EL: 2.460, RHE: 49, LE: 2009

Musuan

LA: 7' 52", LO: 125' 04.4" (Bukidnon), EL: 2.460, RHE: 2, LE: 1867

Parker

LA: 6' 06.8", LO: 124' 53.5" (Cotobato), EL: 1.784, RHE: 1, LE: 1640

Pinatubo

 LA: 15' 08.4", LO: 120' 21" (Boundaries of Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales), EL: 1.445, RHE: 3, LE: 1992

Ragang

LA: 7' 41.5", LO: 124' 41.1" (Cotobato), EL: 2.815, RHE: 8, LE: 1916

Smith

LA: 19' 32.4", LO: 121' 55" (Cagayan (Babuyan Island Group)), EL: 0.688, RHE: 5, LE: 1924

Taal

LA: 14' 00.1", LO: 120' 59.1" (Batangas), EL: 0.311, RHE: 33, LE: 1977

Megacitizens can check out forecasts and further information on the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) website

 

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