This morning, Fox News reported on the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines, which is continuing to emit clouds of soot and ash over the surrounding area. The tiny particles of sulfuric ash “could cause respiratory problems or skin diseases, and could affect the thousands of people crammed into evacuation centers beyond the eight-kilometer danger zone.” Officials expect a major eruption in the next few days. In reporting the events, Fox News correspondent Mike Cohen described the deadly ash as a “white Christmas”:
COHEN: It can be very dangerous, Patti Ann. You know it already has brought ashfall to several towns in the area. So in a way they’re having a white Christmas — except this is sulfur ash, so it is something that can be deadly to the people if inhaled.
As Al Jazeera has reported, volcanic ash from Mayon has proved extremely deadly in the past. Shortly after a similar eruption in 2006, a powerful typoohn dislodged tons of volcanic ash, creating an avalanche of mud and boulders that crushed entire villages, leaving more than 1,000 people dead. (HT: Gawker)