PHIVOLCS: Simultaneous activities in Kanlaon and Mayon, ‘a coincidence’

The Mayon volcano spews a column of ash during another mild eruption in Legazpi City, Albay province, south of Manila, Philippines January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

The head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology insisted that the recent earthquakes at Mt. Kanlaon in Negros Occidental is not connected to the eruptions seen in Mt. Mayon in Albay.

According to Department of Science and Technology Usec. Renato Solidum, director of PHIVOLCS, it is just a coincidence that there have been seismic activities around Kanlaon while Mayon has started releasing steam.

“Nauna actually na maraming earthquakes ang Kanlaon. Nauna rin ang Mayon sa pag-buga. Hindi iyan konektado, nagkakataon lang na nagkasabay-sabay.” Solidum said during DZRH’s One On One with Milky Rigonan.

Solidum further added that currently Mt. Kanlaon is on Alert Level 2 and it is still dangerous to approach the said volcano.

Meanwhile, Mt. Mayon is currently on Alert Level 3 and PHIVOLCS has already warned of a possible hazardous eruption in the next few days.

Solidum also said that there has been ash-fall in the southwest-side of Mt. Mayon and advised people near the area to carry clean handkerchiefs or clothes in order to cover their mouth and nose, in the absence of a gas mask.

The PHIVOLCs official also advised residents to be prepared for a sudden evacuation in case the volcanic activities intensify.

“Mag-ready sila kung sakali mag-increase ng alert at mag-evacuate.” Solidum further added. “Sa southwest side ng volcano meron pagbasak ng abo. Dapat meron silang dust mask o hindi kaya ay panyo o malinis na damit na pang-tabon sa kanilang mukha.”

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