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No indication of strong explosion from Mayon Volcano — PHIVOLCS

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 19th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — In the latest report on Mayon Volcano, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has recorded 48 rockfall events; two episodes where it blew out very thick ash, and one volcanic earthquake in the past 24 hours.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary and Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said their initial findings showed only lava flowing from Mayon’s mouth and no indication of strong explosion coming from the volcano.

Nevertheless, Solidum warned the residents not to take Mayon’s recent activities lightly as its threat remains high at alert level 3.

Solidum explained that they have a designed a device that will measure the amount of lava that Mayon has to spew out, which will indicate a strong explosion.

“It hasn’t reached the quota yet.  The volcano has only emitted an estimated 5 million cubic meters of lava. So it’s really possible that the release of lava will just go on, which is better for the residents. But it is difficult to tell that it’s up to that only unless the volcano’s swelling stops and it quiets down,” said the director.

Solidum added that basing from Mayon’s explosion in 2009 that is similar to its recent activities, residents may have to stay in the evacuation centers for at least a month.

This is why the PHIVOLCS appeals to the residents to remain in the evacuation centers.

“You can never tell the speed and the volume of the volcano’s deposits. But based on past Mayon eruptions, evacuation may be as short as three weeks to one month.  But in some occasions, evacuees may stay longer up to 3 months,” said Solidum.

Based on the PHIVOLCS and the Albay provincial government’s guidelines, evacuation is not yet needed if the degree of danger is still at alert level one.

But if there is already a low or moderate tremor, and the volcano’s crater is getting slightly luminous, the alert is raised to level 2 and pre-emptive evacuation is implemented.

The mandatory evacuation is applied at alert level 3 where the swelling of the volcano’s mouth is evident and lava rockfall and thick ashes are released.

Forced evacuation, on the other hand, is executed when the alert is realized to level 4 and at level 5 when an explosion has taken place.

The PHIVOLCS has earlier advised all Albay residents to always be on alert at all the times that the Mayon Volcano is active. — Joan Nano| 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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