PHIVOLCS recommends banning of residential houses along Mayon danger zones

UNTV News   •   January 18, 2018   •   4184

Lava flowing from Mt. Mayon

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or PHIVOLCS said the lava coming from Mt. Mayon might soon flow to different directions.

According to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS Officer in Charge Renato Solidum, the lava coming from the now restive volcano normally flows from the southern part of its crater since the 60s until the 80s.

However, since the crack on its crater is already healing, the lava may flow from other parts.

With this, PHIVOLCS suggests to residents to completely abandon the 6-kilometer Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).

This is because there might be an occurrence of frequent landslide and rockfall around the volcano which may hit the designated permanent danger zone.

The towns surrounding Mt. Mayon are Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao, Tabaco, Malilipot, Sto Domingo and Legaspi.

“There should be no houses there and just use the various ways on how to farm. But the people should stay away from those areas,” Solidum said.

However, the residents say they have no other choice but to return to their homes despite the danger the volcano poses.

“How about our livelihood? Our cows here. We know it’s prohibited. But how about our cows? We have no other place to transfer,” resident Erning Mostera said.

“When it happens, how about our livelihood?” resident Mariequeta Nemo said.

PHIVOLCS has yet to determine up to when Mt. Mayon will continue to show signs of eruption.

It can be noted that when the volcano showed signs of eruption in 2009, the evacuees were able to return to their homes only after 2 weeks to a month.

PHIVOLCS said the lava coming from Mt. Mayon is more dangerous since it’s more diluted and thus can reach farther areas. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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.

Magnitude 5-quake hits Cotabato anew

Robie de Guzman   •   November 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Another earthquake — this time with a 5.0 magnitude — hit an area in Mindanao Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs said the quake, with a tectonic origin, occurred at 2:07 p.m. Its epicenter was traced 18 kilometers east of Makilala, Cotabato.

The temblor was felt the strongest in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur with recorded intensity V. It was also felt in Pikit, Cotabato as well as in Bansalan, Davao del Sur at intensity IV.

Instrumental intensities were also reported in Malungon, Sarangani; Koronadal City; Tupi in South Cotabato and Alabel in Sarangani.

Phivolcs said the quake is not expected to cause damage but may spawn aftershocks.

The latest earthquake in Cotabato occurred just a few hours after a magnitude 5.5 tremor hit waters off Sarangani.

Phivolcs said there is no tsunami threat due to the quake and that this was independent from the series of earthquakes that shook Tulunan, Cotabato this month.

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