Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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


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)

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