Philippines Mayon VOLCANO causes public EVACUATION from risk of 'magmatic explosions'

Philippines Mayon VOLCANO causes public EVACUATION from risk of 'magmatic explosions'

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) is closely monitoring the behavior of Mayon Volcano after it spewed ash due to unexpected phreatic eruption during heavy rains Saturday afternoon. Traces of ash fell on Barangays Anoling, Sua, Quirangay, Tumpa, Ilawod and Salugan of Camalig and in Barangays Tandarora, Maninila and Travesia in Guinobatan.

For the third time in less than 24 hours, a phreatic eruption occurred at Mount Mayon before noon today.

Residents were evacuated from two villages near the volcano, a tourist attraction in Albay province because of its near-perfect cone shape, following a "phreatic or steam-driven eruption" on Saturday, and there was a further eruption on Sunday.

The Mayon Volcano once again spewed "ash plume" at 11:43 a.m that lasted for about 15 minutes based on seismic record, Phivolcs said in its 3:30 p.m. advisory.


It also said that the 6-kilometer (km) permanent danger zone around the volcano, as well as the 7-km extended danger zone, should be enforced "due to the danger of rockfalls, landslides, and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows". Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano's summit as ash from any sudden eruption can be hazardous to aircraft.

Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum said the volcano may be due for an eruption as it had been displaying abnormal behaviour for several month. It was at its most deadly in February 1841, when 1200 people were killed and lava buried a town. The institute advised people near ashfall to cover their noses and mouths with a damp, clean cloth or dust mask.

"We have not reached the critical level", said the head of the Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Cedric Daep, as cited by Reuters.

"Alert level 3 is what we considered critical, 4 is when eruption is imminent, and 5 is eruption in progress", he said, adding that people in evacuation centers may be allowed to return homes if Phivolcs does not raise the level.

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