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Timeline: Mayon Volcano tragedy


05:00 AM May 9th, 2013

May 9th, 2013 05:00 AM

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


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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