Mayon Volcano Spews Pyroclastic Flow


The Philippines — Pyroclastic flow was seen coming from Mount Mayon on Monday and recorded it as the latest volcano’s activity, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Scientists say a “hazardous eruption” is possible to happen within weeks or days. Thousands have already fled the area.

At 9:41 a.m., Photos taken from the Mayon Volcano Observatory on Lignon Hill in Legazpi City show grayish to white ash coming out of the volcano.

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum told ANC that over the weekend the volcano already emitted a bright glow which was indicated as lava that was flowing blowing ash plumes in the air. Then on Sunday, Solidum said the alert was raised to level 3, which means “there is always the tendency for a hazardous eruption.”

According to a separate Phivolcs statement, a hazardous eruption is “possible within weeks or even days.”

“What we would like to see is if there would enough pressure that might propel and explode the magma coming out of the volcano,” Solidum said.

Meanwhile, Phivolcs Bicol chief Ed Laguerta said earlier they were not able to identify the distance of the lava due to the clouds.

“The brighter glow of the crater is an indication of the initiation of lava flow on the southern slope of the volcano,” Laguerta told Inquirer in an earlier interview. “We cannot determine the distance yet because of the thick clouds.”

There are already at least 1,547 families or 5,857 individuals have already fled from municipalities of Camalig, Guinobatan, and Malilipot in Albay. Barangays in these areas are included in the danger zone.

A 7-kilometer extended danger zone has already been recommended in the area and people have been warned to stay careful and avoid going near the area “due to the danger of rockfalls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows”, Phivolcs said.

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