PHIVOLCS latest update on Mayon Volcano: Alert level 3


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MANILA, Philippines - For the past 24 hours, Mayon Volcano’s eruptive activity has been characterized by “quiet lava effusion from a new summit lava dome, lava flow down the Miisi and Bonga Gullies and lava collapse events,” the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) - DOST announced in its 8:00 a.m. update on Tuesday, January 16.

PHIVOLCS latest update on Mayon Volcano: Alert level 3
Mayon Volcano in Albay is still at Alert Level 3. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Jay Encijas Regala

Tremors and lava fountaining have been noted. A total of 9 episodes of tremor, four of which accompanied short-duration lava fountaining, and 75 lava collapse events.

As of 8:00 a.m on Tuesday, Mayon Volcano is still at alert level 3. It means that there is “relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days.”

The authorities continue to give a stern warning to the public to avoid entering 6 kilometer-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southern flanks “due to the danger of rockfalls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows.”

PHIVOLCS latest update on Mayon Volcano: Alert level 3
Several warnings have been given to the public. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Kan Kan

The public is also warned to be vigilant against pyroclastic density currents or “uson,” lahars and sediment-laden streamflows along channels.

Aircrafts are also prohibited to fly close to the volcano’s summit as “ash from any sudden eruption” will be dangerous.

Ash fall events may likely occur on the southwest side of the volcano.

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— Sally, The Summit Express

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