Published: Monday 15 January, 2018

Mayon Volcano Eruption (UPDATED): Lava Fountain for 3rd Straight Day (PHOTOS)

The alert level for Mayon Volcano is now at Alert level 3. This following several eruptions in the last 24 hours which began Saturday afternoon. According to authorities, magma is near the crater and ‘hazardous eruption’ may follow soon.

Mayon Volcano eruption

Mayon Volcano erupted Saturday afternoon and spewed ash into the air. (Mau Victa/Rappler)

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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) gain raised the alert level Sunday night following the continued unrest of Mayon Volcano. Under Alert Level 3, there is relatively high unrest and volcanic quakes and tremors may become more frequent. 

“For the past 24 hours, Mayon Volcano in Albay province has noticeably increased its unrest. After three phreatic eruptions and 158 rockfall events between 4:21 p.m. (January 13) and 7:25 p.m. (January 14),” said the Phivolcs bulletin on Sunday.

The agency added that lava flow has began as evidenced by the glow observed on its crater’s southern slope Sunday night.

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“Mayon’s summit crater is now exhibiting bright crater glow that signifies the growth of a new lava dome and beginnings of lava flow towards the southern slopes,” said the advisory.

The agency also advised pilots to “avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash from any sudden eruption can be hazardous to aircraft.”

PHIVOLC bulletin Mayon Volcano eruption

On Saturday, Mayon Volcano erupted and spewed ash into the air. This was confirmed by PHIVOLCS in its subsequent advisory: “Mayon Volcano in Albay Province generated a phreatic eruption (steam-driven) that propelled a grayish steam and ash plume approximately 2500 m high that was drifted to the southwest. Based on seismic records the activity started around 4:21 PM of January 13, 2018 and lasted approximately 1 hour and 47 minutes. Traces of ash fell on Barangay Anoling, Daraga, Barangays Sua, Quirangay, Tumpa, Ilawod and Salugan of Camalig and in Barangays Tandarora, Maninila and Travesia in Guinobatan.”

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UPDATE January 22: Mayon Volcano caused more fear among the residents of Albay following the magma explosion Monday, spewing a giant ash column into the air followed by ash fall. Dramatic pictures showing the ash plume were posted by Albay residents on social media.

UPDATE January 23: A lava fountain shot out of Mayon Volcano at 9:30 PM on Monday lighting up the night sky, after which fiery debris could be seen cascading down the volcano’s slopes. This is the second lava fountain in as many nights for Mayon.

Mayon Volcano lava fountain

Mayon Volcano lava fountain at around 9:30 PM on Monday. (GMA News photo/Instagram)

UPDATE January 23: A huge ash explosion rocked Mayon again on Tuesday morning. A high ash column was een over the volcano for the second staright day.





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