Wednesday, January 17, 2018

ALBAY NOW UNDER STATE OF CALAMITY




LEGAZPI CITY (Jan 17) – The province of Albay is now under a state of calamity due to the projected Mayon hazardous eruption in weeks or even days.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved the request of Albay Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara to declare the province in a state of calamity to allow local government units to respond accordingly to emergencies by mobilizing the line agencies of the government and portion of the calamity fund to respond to the needs of the evacuees.

Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) Chief Dr. Cedric Daep said that with the declaration of Albay under state of calamity prize freeze will be in effect to protect consumers against unwarranted escalation of prices.

Alert Level 3 remains in effect over Mayon Volcano, which means that it is currently in relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or days.

In its latest bulletin Wednesday, Jan 17  at 8:00AM the Philippine Institute of  Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recorded 143 lava collapse events and one tremor were recorded by Mayon’s seismic network.  The lava effusion from the new summit lava dome and lava collapse events characterized Mayon Volcano’s eruptive activity in the past 24 hours.  The lava collapse events corresponded to rockfall along the front  and margins of advancing lava and pyroclastic flows downriver of Miisi, Matanag, and Buyuan Gullies within the Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) . These events generated ash cloud that drifted towards the southwest, Sulfur Dioxide gas emission was measured at an average of 3,293 tonnes/day on January 16, 2018. (Mar de la Cruz)


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