MANILA, Philippines — Mayon Volcano continues to pose a significant threat as its lava flow steadily advances and volcanic activity intensifies, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). In its latest bulletin released at 5 a.m., Phivolcs reported that the lava flow has reached a distance of up to 1.5 kilometers from the crater. Additionally, three volcanic earthquakes and 274 rockfall events have been recorded.
The persistent effusion of lava is occurring at a slow rate, with maximum lengths of 1.5 kilometers. The collapse of lava within the Mi-isi and Bonga Gullies, located 3.3 kilometers from the crater, has also been observed. These activities have led Phivolcs to maintain Alert Level 3, indicating intensified or magmatic unrest.
A significant amount of sulfur dioxide has been emitted by the volcano over the past 24 hours, with measurements reaching 1004 metric tons. Moreover, Mayon’s plumes have been observed to rise up to 100 meters and drift in a westerly direction. The overall inflation of the volcano’s edifice further confirms the ongoing unrest.
Residents in the vicinity of Mayon Volcano have been cautioned by Phivolcs about potential hazards they may face. These include rockfalls, landslides, avalanches, ballistic fragments, lava flows, lava fountaining, pyroclastic density currents, moderate-sized explosions, and lahars during heavy and prolonged rainfall. It is crucial for locals to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.
Phivolcs Director Teresito Bacolcol, after reviewing data from previous volcanic activities in 2018 and 2014, has indicated that Mayon’s current unrest could persist for several months. This underscores the importance of continuous monitoring and assessment to mitigate potential risks.
Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has taken action to protect affected communities. To date, approximately 14,000 residents have been safely evacuated from the vicinity of the volcano. This proactive measure aims to minimize the potential impact on human lives and livelihoods.
As the situation unfolds, authorities, scientists, and emergency response teams will closely monitor Mayon Volcano’s activities. Regular updates from Phivolcs will provide crucial information for decision-making and enable timely responses to any changes in volcanic behavior. The safety and well-being of the population remain the top priority, and all necessary measures will be taken to protect the affected areas.
In the face of natural disasters, preparedness and resilience are key. The ongoing collaboration between government agencies, local communities, and scientific institutions plays a crucial role in ensuring effective response and recovery efforts. By staying informed, remaining vigilant, and adhering to official guidance, the affected communities can navigate through this challenging period and emerge stronger together.