Philippine residents fear the Mt. Matutum volcano is awakening after 100 years

August 13, 2012TUPI, SOUTH COTABATO The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has allayed fears of volcanic activity in Mt. Matutum as claimed by residents. Phivolcs chief Renato U. Solidum, Jr. said in a letter sent to Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo on Friday that the observations of smoke and fire coming out of the crater were non-volcanic in nature. “Ocular inspections at the crater area and seismic records showed that there were no volcanic activities, specifically an imminent eruption, in Mt. Matutum,” Mr. Solidum said. Rolly T. Visaya, Tupi information officer, told BusinessWorld that weeks prior to the Phivolcs letter, residents of Barangays Acmonan and Kablon in Tupi, and Maligo in Polomolok observed certain developments such as: the descent of wild animals from the mountains, as well as burnt vegetation. The locals also claimed to have felt the ground shaking and heard unusual rumblings from the volcano, he added. To confirm the observations, both Tupi and Polomolok towns sent their rescue teams to Mt. Matutum to get firsthand information through photographs and videos. From the information acquired, Mr. Tamayo, who also chairs the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Tupi, then requested for Phivolcs’s investigation. The absence of micro-earthquake activity in the seismic record of the agency’s volcano-seismic observatory at Mindanao State University in General Santos City meant that the phenomenon is not volcanic in origin, Mr. Solidum said. On the reported sighting of wild animals descending to the lowlands, he said it could be due to scarcity of food or disturbances of their habitat, be it man-made, lighting and other phenomena. Before Phivolcs’s response, there have been reports of several families from the adjoining town of Malungon in Sarangani province who have evacuated from their houses for safety, Mr. Visaya said. Mt. Matutum stands 2,286 meters, the 14th highest peak in the Philippines, and has a base that covers the towns of Tupi and Polomolok in South Cotabato and Malungon in Sarangani. The popular trekking destination’s last recorded eruption was in 1911, Mr. Visaya said citing Phivolcs records. Mr. Solidum explained that a new volcanic vent, as dormant volcano reactivates will not dissipate overnight, but will become more vigorous over time. He explained “that should the volcano end its dormancy and enter a period of magmatic activity, unmistakable signs of unrest will be manifested, such as small ash and gas explosions that can intensify through time, ground deformation, vegetation kill, unabated crater glow at the summit and increasingly perceptible earthquakes.” Mr. Visaya said Phivolcs national office personnel are in town to further study the volcanic conditions. –Business World
Mt. Matutum’s last eruption was believed to be in 1911
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13 Responses to Philippine residents fear the Mt. Matutum volcano is awakening after 100 years

  1. kingKevin says:

    Wow. Yea that couldn’t be volcanic. Animals running, steam and smoke plumes, shaking. I can’t fathom telling people this isn’t volcanic, especially people living there. Who are the EXPERTS
    trying to convince saying this isn’t activity? Get real


  2. John says:

    Smoke and fire are “non-volcanic”? Yeah, right. I think I trust the locals instincts on this one.


  3. Irene C says:

    Well, let’s see. They’ve reported rumblings, felt shaking, seen burnt begetation, and animals are leaving – but it’s “non-volcanic in nature”. Hmmm, can we say – denial?


  4. Mike says:

    This first photo is of the Mayon volcano in Bicol. It doesn’t look at all like Matutum. I lived near Matutum for 3 years. It was a peaceful neighbor. Let’s pray it stays that way. A lot of people live in that area and rely on its fertile soil for their livelihoods including the workers at two enormous banana and pineapple plantations.


  5. StevenJ says:

    Hmmmmm… Smoke and fire coming from a volcano doesn’t equate to volvanic activity… Did someone start a bonfire?


  6. suz says:

    I can’t believe how many dormant volcanoes are starting to come to life. We are seeing earth changes that are unprecedented in our lifetime. I was reading about a 137,000 sq ft bunker being built in Nebraska which is designed to house 950 people for a year and withstand a 50 megaton blast. Reading this, I can’t help thinking why thousands of years ago in Turkey they had built huge underground complexes to house 50,000 and more people and their animals in each underground bunker. Some were 9 levels deep. I visited one last year in Turkey and was amazed at how well built they were. Some say they are 10,000 yrs old.
    Something is disturbing our planet. I personally believe it has to do with gravity and celestial bodies and events.


    • Thanks for the yuotube link, suz, that was pretty interesting. There are a lot of unexplained structures around the world that challenge the standard history that we were taught in school. There is much more to the world, especially our past, than we have been led to believe.


  7. I have a feeling that Phivolcs is dropping the ball on this one. All of the phenomena reported by the locals are what you would expect when a volcano is waking up, and just because the seismometers in Mindanao aren’t registering anything doesn’t mean that it’s not happening. I think that it’s rather telling that even though Phivolcs is dismissing these claims, they have sent a team into the area to investigate the mountain up close. If I lived in Tupi or one of the other towns mentioned I believe that I would trust my eyes and ears more than a government statement.


  8. Pete Davis says:

    I’ll belive the people and animals of the region before the so-called “scientists.”


  9. Irene C says:

    Mag 7.7 Sea of Okhotsk
    Depth of 625.9km (388.9 miles)


  10. Emanni says:

    7.7 Quake – SEA OF OKHOTSK


  11. Oggie says:

    I think the authorities will keep saying there’s no need for alarm so as not to panic the locals. That said, the animal activities are pointing to a different outlook. Our country is in the Pacific Ring of Fire and with all the “dormant” volcanoes rousing from sleep, my gut is telling me something’s cooking down there.


  12. Reading this articles makes me worried since i have alot of family leaving in Tupi So. Cotabato.


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