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‘High-level disturbances’: Mayon’s dangerous eruption within weeks or days still likely


The Mayón volcano, known for its stunning beauty and occasionally fiery temper, has recently alerted residents and authorities as it continues to show signs of unrest. (CONTRIBUTION PHOTOS/Jay Carolino and Arren Christian Ventura)

MANILA, Philippines — Mayon is still at “high level unrest” a month after the volcano was placed on Alert Level 3.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said this in a bulletin released on Saturday, adding that a dangerous eruption is still possible within weeks or days, so it recommends that the six-kilometer danger zone be kept uninhabited.

“Alert level 3 on Mayón is maintained, which means that it is currently in a relative[ly] A high level of unrest and dangerous eruptions could still be possible in weeks or days. Therefore, it is recommended that the six kilometer danger zone remains evacuated due to the dangers of pyroclastic density currents, lava flows, rockfalls and other volcanic hazards,” he said.

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The Mayon lava flow continued during the last 24-hour observation period, according to Phivolcs.

“The lava flows have advanced to approximate lengths of 2,800 meters and 1,300 meters along the Mi-si and Bonga ravines,” he noted.

Eight volcanic earthquakes were also recorded from 5 a.m. July 7 to 5 a.m. July 8, fewer than the 79 quakes reported Friday, but Mayon’s rockfall events increased from 216 to 303 during the same monitoring cycle.


State volcanologists also reported a pyroclastic density flow of lava collapse that generated a 300-meter ash cloud. They further said that sulfur dioxide outgassing from the volcano persisted, recording an average of 792 metric tons in the last 24-hour observation period.

The alert level for the Mayón volcano was raised from 2 to 3 on June 8 due to increased seismic activity. The volcano began spewing lava on June 11.

Phivolcs director Dr. Teresito Bacolcol said on June 13 that the Mayon unrest could last a few months, citing similarities between its latest volcanic activities and its unrest in 2018 and 2014.


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