The typhoon season in the Philippines normally runs from July to November however typhoons can affect the country at any time. Over twenty tropical cyclones hit the country each year. This is also the rainy season and flooding and landslides may occur. Tropical depressions and cyclones typically bring strong winds and rain to the Visayas and Luzon regions, and particular care should be taken when travelling to Northern Luzon and the Bicol, Samar and Leyte regions.
During the typhoon season you should exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities. You can also access www.typhoon2000.ph for updates. Please also see Tropical cyclones for more detailed information about what to do if you are caught up in a typhoon.
There are numerous volcanoes in Philippines, any of which can erupt without warning. Sudden steam and ash explosions may occur at any time. Since July 2007 both Bulusan volcano in Sorsogon Province and Kanloan volcano in Negros Oriental Province have shown increased volcanic activity. Mayon volcano in Albay Province, south east Luzon, also continues to show signs of volcanic activity. The Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) of Legazpi City has banned all human activity within a six kilometre permanent danger zone of Mayon volcano as a precautionary measure after it spewed ashes up to 200 metres above its crater on 10 August. This ban remains in place.
The capacity of the Philippines emergency and rescue services to deal with large natural disasters is limited. You are advised to exercise caution, check news reports and follow local advice before travelling to volcanic areas. More information can be found on the PHIVOLCS website:
The Philippines is in an earthquake zone. The last significant earthquake to affect the Philippines was on July 16 1990 in Central Luzon when over 1100 people were killed.