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PHIVOLCS warns of raising alert level 5 in Mayon due to volcanic unrest


An ash cloud hovers over the Mayon volcano, as seen from the Bicol Region, Philippines, in this still image taken from a January 21,2018 social media video. Randall Matthew Lorayes via REUTERS

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Director Renato Solidum on Tuesday warned the possibility of having the situation in the Mayon Volcano to reach up to alert level 5.

According to Solidum, increased seismic unrest, lava fountaining and summit explosions since yesterday may facilitate the rising of the alert level.

Once alert level five is raised, the Danger Zone will then be extended to 9 kilometers radius from the summit vent.

Since its eruption, ash particles have reached as far and the towns of Camalig, Daraga, and Guinobatan.

PHIVOLCS on Monday raised the alert level of Mayon Volcano to alert level 4 as hazardous eruption remains imminent.

Authorities have begun to escort affected residents to evacuation centers while Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal on Tuesday suspended classes at all levels in both public and private schools.

Members of the Office of the Civil Defense and the Albay Provincial Disaster are expected to convene today to tackle the possibility of raising the alert level to 5.

Meanwhile, Dr. Napoleon Arevalo of the Department of Health said that they will dispatch medical teams to monitor and cater to the needs of the residents taking shelter in the different evacuation areas.

Arevalo advised those who are experiencing the ash clouds and those who would monitor Mayon from a closer standpoint to keep a damped face towel to ward off ash particles.

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