Danger level remains high near Mt. Mayon despite ease in volcanic activity — PHIVOLCS
admin • February 8, 2018 • 3870
Legazpi, ALBAY — One should not be deceived by the seemingly calm state of Mayon Volcano.
This has been the warning of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
According to Undersecretary Renato Solidum, despite showing fewer signs of abnormality, the volcano remains dangerous.
Solidum explained that the public should not make as the basis what their eyes see, but the data coming from the equipment of the agency.
“Base sa instrumento, maliban doon sa nakikita ay mas vigorous ang eruptive activity ng bulkan sa ngayon,” said the Phivolcs director.
(Based on the instrument, aside from what we see, the eruptive activity of Mt. Mayon is more vigorous now.)
The PHIVOLCS said that it is considering two scenarios. First is the continuous spewing of lava-like what happened in the previous weeks. Second is the blockage of solidified lava on the crater of the volcano that may create extreme pressure. The agency noted that the second scenario is the possibility of a strong eruption.
In the recent days, Mt. Mayon continued to spew lava fountain.
In fact, PHIVOLCS recorded 153 episodes of lava fountaining this week alone.
Since January 13th, the volcano released 70 cubic meters of lava.
This is higher compared to its previous eruptions in 1960 to 2014.
“So itong nangyayari ngayon sa Mayon ay mas maigi na kaysa mabilis ang ilabas lahat, mas mapaminsala ito at in the long term kapag hindi lava ang inilabas kundi basag-basag o fermented volcanic material ang potential impact ng lahar ay lumalaki,” said Solidum.
(So what’s happening now with Mayon is better, rather than having it spew everything quickly. It would be more destructive. And in the long term, when it no longer releases just lava but fermented volcanic material as well, the potential impact of lahar is getting bigger.)
Next week will mark the first month since Mt. Mayon spewed out lava fountains.
Alert level four remains over the extended 8-kilometer danger zone around the volcano. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
PHIVOLCS said the quake was felt at the following areas:
• Intensity IV – Sablayan and Rizal, Occidental Mindoro • Intensity III – Abra De Ilog, Santa Cruz and Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro; Calapan City and Bansud, Oriental Mindoro • Intensity II – Makati City; Batangas City; Baco, Oriental Mindoro • Intensity I – Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro; Tingloy, Batangas;
“This is an aftershock of the October 03, 2021 M5.3 Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro Earthquake event,” the agency noted in its report.
Damage and aftershocks are to be expected following the quake, PHIVOLCS said.
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