Time-Lapse Footage Captures Volcano’s Massive Eruption
The Earth is basically a giant cooling ball of fiery magma. It has taken the planet a few billion years to cool down to the level where it can be habitable, but it’s still far from cold. If we cut the Earth in half we’d see rings and rings of different layers of matter and in the middle of it all would be a gooey ball of liquid fire. The cold cosmic temperatures cool the Earth as it dances around the Sun, and the planet’s surface gradually hardens.
However, beneath the layer of rock we live on, the magma is ever moving and trying to find ways to release all of the energy it holds. The end results of this movement are other types of movements we know as earthquakes. Think of the magma as an ocean, and imagine the tectonic plates floating on top of it, if one moves, the others surrounding it move as well, and it goes on forever and ever. Every once in a while, the magma cannot be contained and it bursts on top of the Earth’s surface, creating volcanoes. The existing volcanoes might look like mountains, but on their summits there is a crater from which the magma spills out in its surface form called lava. Alongside the lava, the eruption can puff out clouds of volcanic ash and rocks.
This time-lapse footage of the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines captures the moment the first clouds of volcanic ash blow out in the otherwise clear blue sky. The Mount Mayon is one of Philippines’ most active volcanoes and its latest eruption happened on January 23, 2018. It called for an evacuation of over 56 000 villagers.
By Katy Gill
Captured by photographer Benjoe Agbay from, Legazpy City, Philippines