How it works:
- Sits on the ring of fire and so is subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions
- Numerous (e.g. 30 between May 2016 to 2017) which may trigger tsunamis.
- Avoid volcanic areas during and after heavy rainfalls (water enters lava dome, turns into steam, and the increased pressure triggers a blast).
- Mayon, Taal and Bulusan volcanoes marked by authorities to be avoided.
- May to December
- Can cause flooding, landslides and roads to be impassable.
What to do:
- Travel at the “right” time to the “right” place
- Reacting to one:
- Earthquakes: drop (to hands and knees), cover (head and neck with arms), hold on (to sturdy furniture); expect aftershocks.
- Volcanic eruption: avoid areas downwind and river valleys downstream of the volcano, do not drive in heavy ash fall, seek shelter (if no need to evacuate) or high ground if no shelter (crouch down away from volcano, cover head with arms).
- Typhoons: stay indoors away from windows, do not use electrical appliances/equipment, do not head out and touch debris (more injuries/deaths happen after than during).