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