Bicol to expect heavy rains amidst threat of lahar, Mayon Volcano spews 143 lava collapses

Mayon Volcano remains to be at PHIVOLCS alert level 3 for its “relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption can be expected within weeks or even days.”

Mayon Volcano as of January 17, 2018
Mayon Volcano as of January 17, 2018. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/John Hernandez

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) had recorded a total of 143 lava collapses and a tremor within 24 hours.

The recorded lava collapse came after rockfall was noted along the front and margins of advancing lava and pyroclastic flows to Miisi, Matanag, and Buyuan Gullies.

The authorities continue to warn the public to avoid entering the six (6) kilometer-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southern flanks.

Mayon continues to spew lava.
Mayon continues to spew lava. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Janeth Nobleza

The state weather bureau PAGASA had also issued a warning that Bicolanos can expect occasional heavy rains today. They noted the danger that the rainwater may cause, “potentially dangerous mud flows or lahar would flow down the slopes of Mayon if the ash and debris it has been spewing since the weekend mixes with rainwater.”

PAGASA already placed the Bicol areas of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, and Sorsogon under orange rain warning. It means that the areas may experience 1 to 2 hours of rains that could trigger possible floods and landslides.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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