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PHIVOLCS recommends evacuation as Mayon Volcano's alert level raised to 3

PHIVOLCS recommends evacuation as Mayon Volcano's alert level raised to 3

PHIVOLCS has advised the immediate evacuation of residents within 6km radius of Mayon Volcano's PDZ due to potential danger. Photo: PHIVOLCS/Facebook

TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has strongly recommended evacuating residents within a 6-kilometer radius of Mayon Volcano's Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ). 

This advisory comes as Mayon Volcano's alert level has been elevated to 3, indicating an increased tendency towards a hazardous eruption due to its continuous abnormal activity.

According to PHIVOLCS, there has been a steady rise in the number and volume of rockfall events at the volcano in the past few days. In fact, while 54 rockfall events were recorded from June 1 to June 4, the number soared to 267 from June 5 to June 8. Additionally, two volcanic earthquakes have been detected near Mayon Volcano.

"The volume of discrete rockfall events increased on June 3 based on the seismic record, signaling an increase in the rate of dome growth. Three pyroclastic density current or PDC events on the Bonga (southeast) and Basud (east) Gullies were observed today at 6:18 AM, 9:53 AM, and 11:00 AM," stated PHIVOLCS.

Based on their comprehensive monitoring parameters, PHIVOLCS experts warn that a magmatic eruption may occur within the next few days or weeks. There is also a significant chance of lava flow, dangerous pyroclastic density currents (PDCs), and the potential for ash fall.

The potential hazards associated with Mayon Volcano's heightened activity necessitate the urgent evacuation of residents within the designated 6-kilometer radius PDZ. PHIVOLCS emphasizes prioritizing the safety and well-being of individuals residing in high-risk areas, urging them to heed the evacuation order.

Local authorities are working closely with PHIVOLCS to ensure a systematic and organized evacuation process. Evacuation centers have been set up in safe locations to accommodate affected residents and provide necessary assistance. Disaster response teams are on standby to support the evacuation efforts and address the immediate needs of those affected.

Mayon Volcano, known for its perfect cone shape, is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines. Situated in Albay province, it has exhibited frequent eruptive activities throughout history, posing risks to nearby communities. —iTacloban

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