Alert Level 1 raised over Mount Bulusan

Marje Pelayo   •   May 6, 2019   •   1749

Mt. Bulusan

SORSOGON, Philippines— The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Sunday (May 5) raised Alert Level 1 over Mount Bulusan due to increased seismic activity.

From May 4 to 5, Phivolcs has recorded a total of 16 volcanic earthquakes, according to the agency’s Bulusan Volcano Bulletin on Sunday.

It also noted the active volcano’s tilt data from April 29 to May 5 which indicated a slight inflation in the upper slopes.

The agency also observed increase in water temperature of nearby hot springs.

Phivolcs said that raising Alert Level 1 or abnormal status “indicates that hydrothermal processes may be underway beneath the volcano that may lead to steam-driven eruption.”

With increase volcanic activity, the agency reminds residents and local government units (LGU) near the volcano to avoid entry into the 4-kilometer Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) around the volcano.

The agency also urges vigilance in the Extended Danger Zone or areas two kilometers beyond the PDZ, “due to the possibilities of sudden and hazardous phreatic eruptions (steam but no lava), rockfall and landslide.”

Likewise, aircraft pilots are advised to avoid flying near the volcano’s summit because ash from an eruption is hazardous. – Marje Pelayo

Power, communication lines still down in Gubat, Sorsogon after ‘Tisoy’ fury

Robie de Guzman   •   December 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Power and communication lines in the town of Gubat in Sorsogon are yet to be restored two days after typhoon ‘Tisoy’ (international name: Kammuri) unleashed its wrath starting late Monday.

Tisoy’s violent winds and heavy rains ripped off roofs, toppled trees and knocked down power and telecommunication lines when it first made landfall in Gubat, Sorsogon at 11 p.m. on Monday.

The typhoon hit land three times after it pummeled Gubat – San Pascual, Burias Island in Masbate at 4 a.m. on Tuesday; Torrijos, Marinduque at 8:30 a.m. and in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro at 12:30 p.m.

Tisoy forced thousands of residents to flee their homes and seek temporary shelter as the storm barreled through provinces.

As the typhoon weakened and headed outside of the Philippine area of responsibility, residents in Gubat have started returning home and clearing the destruction left by Tisoy.

Schools resumed classes on Wednesday and residents have returned to their normal activities.

However, many are still grappling with the lack of electricity and unstable communication lines in the town.

Most people have to travel 20 kilometers going to Sorsogon City in order to get a signal on their mobile phones and communicate with their relatives after telecommunication towers were damaged by the storm.

Some residents were also forced to wait in line just to have the battery of their mobile devices charged in a station that opened at the capitol of Sorsogon.

Local authorities said it may take a few weeks before power and telecommunication lines will be restored in the province.

Aside from Gubat, nearby areas such as Prieto Diaz and Barcelona are also experiencing difficulty after telecommunication facilities were damaged by Tisoy. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Roderic Mendoza)

Structures show cracks after magnitude 5.9 earthquake jolts Bukidnon

Marje Pelayo   •   November 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A Magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked Bukidnon on Monday (November 18) at 9:22 pm, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

Closed-circuit TV camera (CCTV) footages circulated on social media as to how strong the tremblor was, causing cracks and minor damages in structures in the area.

The earthquake was felt at Intensity V in Bukidnon, Kidapawan City and in Marawi City.

Intensity IV, meanwhile, was experienced in Impasugong in Bukidnon, Cotabato City, Davao City, Koronadal City, Davao City, Malungon in Saranggani and Cagayan De Oro.

Intensity III was felt in Gingoog City, Tupi in South Cotabato and Alabel in Sarangani and Intensity II in Kiamba in Sarangani, General Santos City and Mambajao in Camiguin

PHIVOLCS advised residents to brace for possible aftershocks.

Authorities said there were no reported casualties or injuries following the quake. MNP (details from Janice Ingente)

Magnitude 5.2 quake jolts parts of Visayas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – (Update) A magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolted parts of Visayas on Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs said the quake, with a tectonic origin, occurred at 1:31 p.m. Its epicenter was traced 32 kilometers southwest of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

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The temblor has a depth of 21 kilometers. It was felt as intensity 4 in Guiuan, Mercedes, Lawaan, Hernani and Salcedo in Eastern Samar;

Intensity 3 in Tacloban City, Palo, Babatngon, Dulag, Abuyog, Hilongos, Bato and Tolosa in Leyte; San Francisco in Southern Leyte, Borongan and Maydolong in Eastern Sama;

Intensity 2 in Pastrana, Leyte; San Julian, Eastern Samar; Maasin City, Bontoc, Libagon and Saint Bernard in Southern Leyte.

Instrumental Intensities were also reported in the following areas:

  • Intensity IV – Borongan City
  • Intensity III – Palo, Leyte
  • Intensity II – Surigao City
  • Intensity I – Ormoc City; Gingoog City

Phivolcs said there were no reported damage bit aftershocks should be expected.

Last month, parts of Mindanao were hit by strong earthquakes that killed more than 20 people and left thousands of families homeless.

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