2,462-meter Mayon, about 340 kilometers southeast of Manila in Albay province,
is famous among local and foreign tourists for its near-perfect conical shape
despite dozens of eruptions in the past three centuries. The eruption of
February 24, 2000 was Mayon's 47th since its first recorded upheaval in 1616.
Mayon's last major eruption was in February 1993, when 70 people died and more
than 50,000 people were evacuated. It's deadliest eruption was in February 1, 1814
when it buried the entire town of Cagsawa under ash and killed more than 1,300