The Mayon Volcano is an active stratovolcano in the Philippines on the island of Luzon, in the province of Albay in the Bicol Region. The near perfectly cone shaped volcano is situated 15 kilometres northwest of Legazpi City. Mayon Volcano is one of the candidates of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Mayon is the most active volcano in the country, having erupted over 50 times in the past 400 years. It is located between the Eurasian and the Philippine Plate, at a convergent plate boundary: where a continental plate meets an oceanic plate, the lighter continental plate overrides the oceanic plate, forcing it down; magma is formed where the rock melts. Like other volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean, Mayon is a part of the "Pacific Ring of Fire".
Mayon is the most active volcano in Philippines. And because so many people live on Mayon's slopes, Mayon's eruptions have often wrought calamity. More than 2,000 villagers perished in 1814, during Mayon's most violent eruption, when volcanic mudflows buried two nearby towns. To avert such tragedies, and to improve their own understanding of how volcanoes work, scientists at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology constantly monitor Mayon for signs of new activity.
Mayon Volcano reaches 2,460 meters and is the central feature of the Albay Province, of which Legazpi City is the capital, about 300-km southeast of Manila (View Map). It must be one of the most beautiful volcanic cones anywhere in the world and is visible for miles around in the otherwise flat landscape of the region. The volcano is still active and has erupted in 2000 and 2001. There is a research station (PHIVOLCS) located about one-third of the way up that is accessible by road and is the jump-off for climbers. See also Climbing Mayon Volcano and other Bicol Region Tourist Destinations. Here are six photos I took from several locations around the volcano.