2020-10-03

The Sunken Cemetery, Philippines

The Sunken Cemetery is located on the island of Camiguin, a small island 14 kilometers wide by 33 kilometers long, located in the Bohol Sea.

Camiguin is the smallest province in the Philippines and is located about ten kilometers from the north coast of Mindanao. In January 1871, residents of Bonbon, a colony on the island founded in 1500 by the Spanish, reported earthquakes and underground noises. Cracks followed, the appearance of cracks in the earth and several earthquakes.

The Sunken Cemetery of Camiguin Island
The Sunken Cemetery of Camiguin Island

The Sunken Sunken Cemetery on the island of Camiguin

In April, the volcano expelled rocks, dust, and ash for a week, forming a volcanic dome that would later be called Vulcan. The dome reached 457 meters, with a base of almost 1500 meters after four years. The Vulcan activity has been limited to the emission of steam from cracks at the top of the dome. The island is known as " born of fire ", as it consists of seven volcanoes. [Image Source / Flickr]


Camiguin Island
Camiguin Island
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A sunken cemetery near Camiguin Island in the Philippines

Among them, four young stratovolcanoes (compound volcanoes) superimposed on older volcanic structures, rise to about 610 meters in height. These include Mount Vulcan and Mount Hibok-Hibok (also known as Catarman), still considered active, being its last eruption in 1953.

Cemetery Island
Cemetery Island
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The Sunken Cemetery of Camiguin Island

Hibok-Hibok has erupted five times in modern history. The first recorded eruption occurred in 1827. They are part of the 22 active volcanoes in the Philippines, which are part of the so-called “ Pacific Ring of Fire “.

There are also the volcanoes of Mount Tempong, the highest, with its summit at 1,580 meters above sea level and Monte Mambajao (in the center of Camiguin), the second in height, with 1,420 meters.

Sunken Cemetery
Sunken Cemetery
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In April 1953, a volcanic fissure opened up and started pouring lava into the surrounding areas and into the sea. When the eruptions stopped four years later, Mount Vulcan was born and reached a height of 590 meters. The eruption of the volcano killed hundreds of people who insisted on staying there, even though it had long been a sign of an impending eruption.

Sunken cemetery Camiguin
Sunken cemetery Camiguin
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The volcano continued to spew lava into the sea, submerging much of the ancient city of Bonbon and Catarman, then the provincial capital, including the city's cemetery. Today, all that remains of the city are the ruins of the Spanish church São Roque, a convent, and a steeple.

Camiguin island Philippines
Camiguin island Philippines
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Remains of the cemetery's structures and tombstones were still seen during low tide until 1948 when Mount Vulcan erupted for the fourth time, and its lavas buried the area another six meters. In 1982, a large cross was built on solidified lava to mark this ancient site.

Sunken Cemetery near Camiguin Island
Sunken Cemetery near Camiguin Island
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Camiguin island in Mindanao
Camiguin island in Mindanao
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Camiguin island sunken Cemetery
Camiguin island sunken Cemetery
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White island Camiguin
White island Camiguin
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More than a century has passed, and the exuberant nature has once again covered the hillsides, as well as, people have rebuilt the infrastructure of the place. Most of the cemetery's remains were exhumed and transferred to another location. Where the old cemetery used to be, today it has become home to several coral and marine life.

Source | Wikipedia | Britannica | Philippines-Holidays | Themixedculture | Camiguin.gov.ph

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The Sunken Cemetery, Philippines

The Sunken Cemetery is located on the island of Camiguin, a small island 14 kilometers wide by 33 kilometers long, located in the Bohol Sea....