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Timeline: Mayon Volcano tragedy

/ 05:00 AM May 09, 2013

Thai nationals Nithi Ruangpisit, left, and Tanut Ruchipiyarak, rest in a hospital in Legazpi city with their mountain climbing gear after surviving a steam-driven explosion of Mayon volcano, one of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. AP PHOTO/NELSON SALTING

MONDAY, MAY 6

4 a.m.—George Cordovilla’s group of nine people, including five Thais, start their climb on Mayon via Sto. Domingo, Albay, with a plan to stay overnight and to descend the following morning.

10 a.m.—Four Germans arrive in Legazpi, call Marti Calleja, owner of Bicol Adventure and Travel Tours, to arrange a Mayon climb with Austrian Sabine Strohberger.

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1:30 p.m.—Calleja group proceeds to Bonga, Bacacay, to meet Filipino guides.

4:30 p.m.—Calleja group starts trek, reaches Camp 2, some 1,200 meters from the foot of the 2,400-meter peak, spends the night there.

TUESDAY, MAY 7

1 a.m.—Cordovilla group reaches Mayon’s crater, puts up camp some 1,400 feet from the crater.

4 a.m.—Calleja group prepares to hike from Camp 2 to Camp 3 at the summit, but rain prevents this.

6 a.m.—German group departs from Camp 2.

8 a.m.—Mayon erupts.

8:30 a.m.—The Department of Health sends medical teams to Bonga.

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9 a.m.—Gov. Joey Salceda forms Joint Task Force Mayon, including personnel from military, police, Air Force and Red Cross.

12:20 p.m.—Strohberger and Bernard Hernandez are rescued, followed an hour later by Kenneth Jesalva, both guides.

3:27 p.m.—Thais Nithi Ruangpisit and Tanut Ruchipiyarak are rescued.

4:30 p.m.—Nicanor Mabao Jr., a guide for the German group, is rescued.

11 p.m.—A 50-man Army team is dispatched to recover five dead.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

5:30 a.m.—Army team locates fatalities at the “Rabbit’s Ear” near the crater.

3:07 p.m.—Thai Boonchai Jattupornong is found.

Responding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to the families affected by the recent volcanic activities of Mayon.

Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860.

Inquiries may be addressed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through Connie Kalagayan at 897-4426, ckalagayan@inquirer.com.ph and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig at 897-8808 local 352, bkasilag@inquirer.com.ph.

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