February 1, 1814
Bicol Region, Philippines
Mount Mayon erupts, killing 1,200 people

When the mountain erupted, the priest of the local church rang the bell as a warning, taking in around 200 people seeking refuge. Unfortunately, the church was burned and buried by lava and ash, killing those inside.

The view of the mountain from the window of the destroyed church

A view of the church, just left of center

A more recent photo of the church. Photo taken May 14, 1934 by Robert Larimore Pendleton

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