Published: Monday 22 January, 2018

Mayon Volcano Eruption: Alert Level 4 Up as Phivolcs Warns of ‘Hazardous Eruption’

Residents in Albay are being earned of a possible ‘hazardous eruption’ of Mayon Volcano. This after Mayon spewed a huge column of ash around midday Monday prompting the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology to raise Alert Level 4. Aside from the explosion, Phivolcs warned of the danger of landslides and lahar.

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Mayon Volcano eruption may happen in days after Mondays ash plume. (Facebook photo/Marvin Baloloy)

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.

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Alert Level 4 is now in effect for Mayon Volcano. According to the Phivolcs website, this means Mayon is in an intense state of unrest. Phivolcs officials likewise said the feared ‘hazardous eruption’ may happen within hours or days.

But Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said there should be no panic. Instead, the people of Albay should just ‘be ready’ as everything is unpredictable. Mayon may erupt, or it will just continue spewing out lava just like it has been doing the past week.

“Kung matatandaan niyo sa mga briefing namin dito sa Manila, pati na rin sa Albay, dalawa ang ating sinasabi. Una, magpapatuloy ang lava eruption na paminsan-minsa’y lava fountaining or posibleng mag-transform ito sa mapanganib na eruption,” said Solidum.

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“Posibleng hindi ‘yon ang ipakita ng bulkan at magpapatuloy uli sa pagbibigay ng lava flow. Kung sakali ang susunod na batch ng magma ay ‘di maraming gas o ‘di kaya ‘di nahaluan ng tubig,” the Phivolcs chief added.

Meanwhile, classes in all levels in the province of Albay has been suspended by Governor Al Francis Bichara. He also advised residents to wear face masks to protect themselves from the ash.