South East of the Philippines Mayon Volcano increased in volcanic earthquakes; Officials maintain Alert level 3

Mayon Volcano

Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Important Takeaways:

  • PHIVOLCS: Mayon volcanic earthquakes up, lava flows ‘bulked up’
  • Slow effusion of lava from Mayon Volcano’s crater continued to feed and bulk up established lava flows amid an increase in volcanic earthquakes, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said Wednesday.
  • “Respectively, these lava flows have maintained distal lengths of approximately 2.8 kilometers, 2.4 kilometers and 600 meters from the crater,” it said.
  • PHIVOLCS also recorded 304 volcanic earthquakes and 137 rockfall events over the past 24 hours. The number of volcanic earthquakes was higher compared to the 267 recorded the previous day.
  • Three pyroclastic density currents (PDCs) and 30 ashing events that lasted 20 to 40 seconds were also recorded.
  • “The combined seismic energy release of these, however, has not increased beyond the trend of effusive activity,” PHIVOLCS said.
  • “Alert Level 3 is maintained over Mayon Volcano, which means that it is currently in a relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption within weeks or even days is possible,” PHIVOLCS said.

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Volcano in Philippines began erupting over the weekend: Locals are being warned to stay away

Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Philippines’ Mayon Volcano Spews Lava Down Its Slopes in Gentle Eruption Putting Thousands on Alert
  • The Philippines’ most active volcano was gently spewing lava down its slopes Monday, alerting tens of thousands of people they may have to quickly flee a violent and life-threatening explosion.
  • More than 12,600 people have left the mostly poor farming communities within a 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) radius of Mayon Volcano’s crater in mandatory evacuations since volcanic activity increased last week. But thousands more remain within the permanent danger zone below Mayon, an area long declared off-limits to people but where generations have lived and farmed because they have nowhere else to go.
  • “What we are seeing now is an effusive eruption,” Bacolcol told The Associated Press. “We are looking at this on a day-to-day basis.”
  • Albay was placed under a state of emergency Friday to allow for quicker distribution of any disaster relief funds in the event of a major eruption.
  • The volcano had been raised to alert level three on a five-step system

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Displaced Filipinos brace for long wait as fiery Mayon Volcano rumbles on

Lava flows from the crater of Mount Mayon volcano during a new eruption in Legazpi city, Albay province, Philippines January 25,

By Ronn Bautista and Roli Ng

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) – A huge plume of ash billowed from the glowing peak of the Philippines’ most active volcano on Thursday, as more residents of surrounding areas fled and experts warned of further escalation 12 days after it started to erupt.

A cloud hovered some 8,202 feet (2,500 meters) above Mount Mayon in central Albay province and orange lava fountained and flowed down from its crater as magma continued to move beneath.

Scientists recorded regular episodes of intense activity throughout the day. Tourists, residents and media gathered at vantage points to document the drama at the country’s most impressive volcano, which last erupted in 2014.

Mayon’s unrest has displaced about 75,500 people, the majority of whom are in evacuation centers, where children lined up for meals and parents braced for the possibility of a long stay away from home.

Lava flows from the crater of Mount Mayon volcano during a new eruption in Legazpi city, Albay province, Philippines January 25,

Lava flows from the crater of Mount Mayon volcano during a new eruption in Legazpi city, Albay province, Philippines January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

“We are worried. We got used to the volcano, but we are still afraid,” said one evacuee, Irene Agao.

“If only we could, we would go home right now, away from this evacuation center, but we need to stay. Because we never know what else the beautiful Mayon volcano will do.”

Government offices and schools have been closed in 17 towns and municipalities and 66 flights have been canceled in recent days. The authorities have warned residents far from the area to stay indoors to avoid heavy ash fall.

The alert remains just one notch below the highest level of 5, after five more episodes. The provincial government has expanded the no-go area around the 2,462-metre (8,077-foot) Mayon to a radius of 9 kilometers.

Mayon was showing no signs of calming down soon, said Paul Alanis of the Philippine volcanology agency.

“Right now our instruments around the volcano are measuring or detecting magma constantly coming up from below,” Alanis said.

“So there’s always that danger, that this may still escalate.”

(Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)