Monday, January 22, 2018

8KM DANGER ZONE EXTENDED DUE TO MAYON’S VULCANIC ERRUPTION



LEGAZPI CITY (JaN 22) - Alert Level 4 (hazardous eruption imminent) of Mayon Volcano is now raised by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) from Alert Level 3 (increased tendency to hazardous eruption) after exhibiting increased unrest, lava fountaining and summit explosions.

With this development, the Danger Zone is extended to 8 kilometers radius from the summit. Phivolcs strongly advised the public to be vigilant and desist from entering the designated danger zone. In a statement of Dr. Paul Alanis – Phivolcs Science Research Specialist said that Vulcanic Eruption occurred 12:30PM Monday, with ash plume reaching 3-5 kilometers high and were drifted southwest and ashfall was experienced in barangays of Guinobatan,Ligao Oas, and Polangui. Reports disclosed that areas between Ligao and Guinobatan experienced zero-visibility status.

Mayor Noel Rosal of Legazpi City ordered forced evacuation to residents in the 8 kilometers Extended Danger Zone for their safety.Panicking residents from Lidong, Fidel Surtida, Sta. Misericordia, San Fernando and San Isidro were immediately evacuated by MDRRMO of the said municipality.(Mar de la Cruz)


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