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Thursday, February 22, 2018

DEFLATION OBSERVED AT MAYON VOLCANO’S EDIFICE - PHIVOLCS

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LEGAZPI CITY (Feb 22) –The geodetic survey done by the team from Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recorded a significant deflation around the edifice of Mayon Volcano both from the North and Southern part.

This was disclosed by Ligñon Hill Observatory Resident Volcanologist Ed Laguerta in an exclusive interview with DZGB News, Thursday. But this is not enough for them to lower the alert status of the volcano from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 because there are other  vital parameters to be considered.

Laguerta said that lava flow continuously cascades down Mayon Volcano. Lava collapse pyroclastic density current (PDC) events were visually observed at the Miisi, Bonga and Basud Gullies, respectively, from the summit crater.

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission was measured at an average of 4,273 tonnes/day on 21 February 2018 which is high from the normal of 500 tonnes/day. Laguerta said that they are on tight watch with Mayon’s activity day by day to assess and lower the Alert Level that will signal the decampment of some displaced residents living outside the 6 kilometer  permanent danger zone on the North and 7 kilometer extended danger zone  on the Southern part of Mayon Volcano.

Earlier Dr. Cedric Daep – Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) Chief said that if PHIVOLCS issued Alert Level 3 status of the volcano all evacuees from Sto. Domingo and Legazpi City and Bacacay will decamp and return to their homes. While barangay Miisi in Daraga, Anoling of Camalig, Magapo,Oson, Buhian and Comon of Tabaco City, Calbayog, Canaway, and Upper San Roque of Malilipot, Maninila of Guinobatan, and some barangays of Ligao City will stay in their designated evacuation center. (Mar de la Cruz)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TWO DRUG SUSPECTS FALL IN LEGAZPI CITY ANTI-DRUG OPS

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LEGAZPI CITY – Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Legazpi PNP and Military Intelligence Group led by PDEA-Bicol Regional Dir. Christian Frivaldo arrested two (2) suspected drug suspects in Barangay 28 Victory Village here, Tuesday morning.

The house of Salvacion L.Ballarbare 34 years old, was searched on the strength of a search warrant issued by RTC Executive Judge Elmer M. Lanuzo.

PDEA agents recovered 11 sachets believed to be shabu (metamphetamine hydrochloride) during the search. 

Meanwhile, agents also recovered from a certain Vicky Guzman  from Caloocan, alleged supplier of Ballarbare two (2)  sachets of shabu when subjected to body search.

Dir. Frivaldo said that, suspects will be charged with violation of Sec. 11 of RA 9165  or possession of illegal drugs. (Mar de la Cruz with reports from Jordan Alpajaro)

LOWERING OF ALERT LEVEL STATUS OVER MAYON VOLCANO UNDER THOROUGH STUDY - PHIVOLCS

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LEGAZPI CITY - PHIVOLCS Lignon Hill Observatory Resident Volcanologist said that notable changes were observed in Mayon Volcano today. The data gathered by team from Phivolcs Manila during the survey conducted will be subject for thorough studies and will be the basis for the decision whether to lower or not the alert level status of the restive Mayon Volcano.

This was disclosed by Laguerta in an exclusive interview by DZGB News regarding the status of Mayon Volcano that has been silent for a couple of days after weeks of rumbling sounds and lava fountaining and ash plumes from the summit crater.

Earlier, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) Chief Dr. Cedric Daep said that they are considering decampment of the displaced residents from the 8 kilometer extended danger zone (EDZ) depending on the result of the survey and analysis being conducted by the Phivolcs team.

Laguerta said that as of press time, Alert Level 4 remains in effect over Mayon Volcano and  the public is strongly advised to be vigilant and desist from entering the eight (8) kilometer-radius danger zone, and to be additionally vigilant against pyroclastic density currents, lahars and sediment-laden stream flows along channels draining the edifice. A total of seventy-two (72) volcanic earthquakes, corresponding to lava fountaining and tremor events, was recorded by Mayon's seismic monitoring network. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission averaged 2,148 tonnes/day on 19 February 2018. (Mar de la Cruz)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

PHIVOLCS ON TIGHT WATCH OF MAYON’S PHYSICAL CONDITION AND GAS EMISSION

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LEGAZPI CITY (Feb. 3) - Quiet lava effusion continue to flow from the crater of Mayon Volcano in the Miisi  and Bonga-Buyuan channels advancing 3.2 and 4.3 kilometers respectively, from the summit crater. This was disclosed by Philvolcs Lignon Hill Observatory Resident Volcanologist Ed Laguerta in an interview with DZGB News.

He said that despite of deflation of the edifice on the Northern side (Tabaco) of the volcano the agency cannot lower the Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 because they have to reconfirm the geodetic data gathered. Closure survey is on-going at Lidong, Sto. Domingo side to see the difference in the deflation of Mayon Volcano. Laguerta said that when the Lidong line survey is finished, they will go back to Tabaco side to reconfirm. Meanwhile sulfur dioxide gas emission was measured at an average of 1,583 dated Feb. 2, 2018 cutting half of the Feb. 1, 2018 record of 3,066 tonnes/day.

 “Phivolcs is still looking at different factors to determine possibility of a major violent eruption”, Laguerta added. The public is strongly advised to be vigilant and desist from entering the eight (8) kilometer-radius danger zone, and to be additionally vigilant against pyroclastic density currents, lahars and sediment-laden stream flows along channels draining the edifice. (Mar de la Cruz)

Friday, February 2, 2018

OCD ADVISES DRRMC IN ALBAY TO DECAMP EVACUEES RESIDING OUTSIDE 9 KILOMETER EXTENDED DANGER ZONE

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LEGAZPI CITY (Feb 2) -  Effective 12:00 noon Friday, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) advised the Provincial, City and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Council to decamp evacuees residing in evacuation centers residing outside the 8KM Extended Danger Zone while Alert Level 4 remains in effect over Mayon Volcano.

Claudio L. Yucot, OCD Director and Chairman Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said that this is in accordance with  the DOST-PHIVOLCS Protocol and Bulletin, Alert Level 4.

Yucot assured the public that they will closely monitor the returning residents to ther respective homes outside of the 8KM EDZ.

In an interview with Mayor Herbie B. Aguas of Sto. Domingo, Albay,  residents  that fled from their homes residing in Bagong San Roque, Sto. Niño, San Roque, and poblacion barangays after meeting with the respective barangays will decamp. Purok 1 of Brgy. San Isidro will stay in the evacuation center due to the hazards posed by possible pyroclastic  flow and lahar flow during heavy rains. Nevertheless, Aguas clarified that if residents prefer to stay in the evacuation center for fear of Mayon, will be allowed to stay.

He called on the Punong Barangays and the residents to cooperate and assured the public that the local govern unit is ready for any eventualities.  As of this writing, other disaster coordinating councils of affected LGUs has yet to issue order of decampment. (Mar de la Cruz)