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Mt. Mayon spews white smoke, signals calming of the volcano – PHIVOLCS

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

White smoke coming out of the Mayon volcano on the morning of February 15, 2018. (UNTV Drone Journalism)

ALBAY, Philippines  — Today is the 32nd day since Mayon Volcano began erupting.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Mt. Mayon has already spewed 82 million cubic meters of lava, the biggest volume since 1960.

Although it is not discounting the possibility of a huge eruption, PHIVOLCS said Mayon Volcano is slowly calming down.

PHIVOLCS based this information on the white smoke coming from the crater of Mt. Mayon.

The agency said the smoke billowing from the crater of Mt. Mayon is sulfur dioxide. As long as it continues to spew smoke, this means that nothing is blocking the magma, and thus, helps the lava to continuously flow. This PHIVOLCS said that is a sign that the volcano is beginning to calm down.

“Kung biglang bumagsak yung sulfur dioxide ibig sabihin blocked yung crater hindi makalabas yung gas it means nag build up siya ng pressure,” said PHIVOLCS Region 5 Spokesperson Paul Alanis

(If the sulfur dioxide stops coming out, this means the crater is blocked. The gas cannot go out, and it builds up pressure within.)

But the agency noted it’s not a sufficient basis to lower the alert level for Mayon Volcano.

In the past 24 hours, the agency recorded several episodes of lava fountaining that lasted for up to 20 minutes.

The lava flow reaches up to 4.5 km from the crater of the volcano.

More than 100 volcanic earthquakes, on the other hand, have already caused a series of rock falls.

The volcano is also continues to swell.

“Hindi po namin maibababa dahil again lahat ng parameters is matataas pa rin,” said the spokesperson.

(We could not lower it because again all the parameters remain high.)

PHIVOLCS is yet to determine the amount of lava that the volcano still has to release or when the eruption will end.

But with the white smoke it emits, the agency believes the threat of a possible massive eruption has already lessened.  — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Albay LGU studies rehab plan for areas affected by Mayon eruption

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Photo of erupting Mt. Mayon taken on January 22, 2018 by UNTV News correspondent Joan Nano

MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Albay is in need of more than P400-million to restore the livelihood of residents affected by the eruption of Mayon Volcano.

According to Cedric Daep, head of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), the amount will be allocated to its recovery program including its relocation plan for the residents living within the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone.

Meanwhile, P100-million, will be allotted to the agricultural needs of residents.

“Yung iba pang apektado in terms of social and economic activities nila, aalamin yan ng government concerned agencies para ituloy yung assistance sa full recovery kasi nasa recovery na tayo,” said Daep.

(Governments agencies concerned will look into residents who were affected in terms of their social and economic activities as part of the continuing assistance in their full recovery since we are already in the recovery phase.)

Last Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) downgraded the alert status of Mt. Mayon to alert level 2.

With this, the more than 2,000 families or 10,000 individuals at eight evacuation centers are now allowed to return home.

Romeo Nuñez, an Albay resident, is glad to return to his home which is located near the volcano.

“Ako nga nagsimula kaagad na magsaka sa palayan dahil sabi ko wala naman ibang hanapbuhay,” said Nuñez.

(I immediately went back to farming since I have no other livelihood.)

The APSEMO is now waiting for the report coming from concerned government agencies that it plans to use as the basis on how to assist residents affected by the activities of Mayon Volcano.

Phivolcs is expected to further downgrade to alert level 1 the status of Mt. Mayon if it continues to show signs of calm. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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Phivolcs downgrades Mayon alert status to level 3

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Mayon Volcano on a sunny weather

MANILA, Philippines — At past eight in the morning on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) downgraded the alert status for Mayon Volcano to level 3.

This was due to the fewer recorded activities of Mt. Mayon.

“Mostly ang narerecord na lang natin ngayon, yung surficial events na rock falls, tapos yung mga low frequency events na associated lang sa degassing shallow surface,” Phivolcs senior science specialist Ed Laguerta said.

(What we have been recording mostly for now are surficial events such as rock falls and low-frequency events associated with the degassing shallow surface.)

With the downgrading of alert level for Mt. Mayon, the local government of Albay has allowed the return of 55,000 evacuees to their homes within the eight-kilometer danger around the volcano.

“Doon sa decampment, iko-consider pa rin namin yung post-disaster support na kailangang ibigay din sa kanila habang pinauwi na dahil syempre wala pa silang kabuhayan,” said Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) head Cedric Daep.

(In terms of the decampment, we will still consider post-disaster support that we need to give them because they still have no livelihood.)

More than 2,000 families will remain at evacuation centers with homes within the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone and 7-kilometer extended danger zone.

This is while the alert status for the volcano has not yet been lowered down to level 2. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Four towns in Albay ordered to prepare ahead of a possible lahar flow during the rainy season

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

UNTV Drone Shot : Mayon volcano (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — The possible flowing of lahar from around the Mayon Volcano during the onset of the rainy season might hit 26 barangays in four towns of the province of Albay.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the volcanic materials deposited around the Mayon Volcano might reach 90 cubic meters.

And once the rainy season comes, it might flow into the towns of Guinobatan, Camalig, Daraga, and Sto. Domingo.

This is why as early as now, the Mayon crisis management team has been asking officials of the said towns to prepare disaster plans in the event of a lahar flow.

Officials of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are among the agencies that will outline the disaster plan.

The mayors target to submit their respective plans by next week.

Meanwhile, Phivolcs has recorded in the past 24 hours two incidents of lava fountaining as high as 150 meters and steam plumes reaching 100-600 meters high.

The agency also recorded seven lava-collapse-fed pyroclastic density currents or “uson, 128 volcanic earthquakes and 12 rockfall events. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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