Mayon volcano in Philippines spews lava fountains & ash plumes as thousands more flee

By RT/Santiago Celario

As seen from Legazpi, about 13 kilometers from the volcano, Mayon volcano erupts Tuesday night. Legazpi, Albay, Philippines. January 23, 2018 © Mount Mayon / Global Look Press

Thousands more have been forced to flee in the Philippines, latest figures show, as the country’s most active volcano keeps spewing massive lava fountains and ash plumes up to five kilometers high.

The sporadic eruption of Mayon in Albay province on the island of Luzon started on January 13. Since then, it has affected at least 54 villages in the area with a combined population of over 70,000 people.

The “alert level 4” status remains for the local residents following five more “episodes of intense but sporadic lava fountaining from the summit crater” on Wednesday morning, the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said in a statement.

The volcanic eruption forced a total of 61,000 residents in Albay to flee their homes by Wednesday, PHIVOLCS said in the latest statement, as cited by Reuters. The lava fountains were up to 600 meters high and produced ash plumes that reached five kilometers above the crater, according to the agency.

The country’s authorities have advised people to stay away from the eight-kilometer danger zone and to be “vigilant against pyroclastic density currents, lahars and sediment-laden streamflows along channels draining the edifice.”Schools across 17 cities in Albay and nearby Camarines Sur province were closed due to ashfall.

Mayon has erupted 50 times over the past 500 years. The volcano is considered to be a stratovolcano which USGS define as a “steep, conical volcano” built by the eruption of tephra, lava and pyroclastic flows.

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MULING nagbulwak ng lava ang bulkang Mayon ngayong Miyerkoles.

Ayon sa huling ulat ng Phivolcs ang lava fountain ay umabot nang 500 hanggang 600 metro ang taas samantalang umabot naman sa tatlo hanggang limang kilo metro ang taas ng abo na ibinuga ng nagngangalit na bulkan.

Idinagdag pa ng ahensya na nakapagtala rin ng limang pagyanig sa paligid ng bulkan. Namataan din ang pag-agos ng lava kasama ang mga nagbabagang bato sa kapaligiran ng Mayon.

Nakataas sa Level 4 ang alerto sa bulkang Mayon at mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ang pagpasok ng publiko sa walong kilometrong danger zone radius.

Bukod dito ay nanawagan ang Phivolcs sa mga lokal na pamahalaan para sa masinop pagbabantay sa paligid ng bulkan.

Inilikas din ng mga lokal na pamahalaan na nakasasakop sa mga lugar sa paanan ng bulkan ang mga naninirahan doon upang matiyak ang kanilang kaligtasan.

Kasabay nito, pinayuhan ng Phivolcs ang mga piloto ng mga sasakyang panghimpapawid na iwasan lumipad malapit sa bunganga ng bulkan dahil sa banta ng abo sa sandaling muling sumabog ang bulkan.

Itinuturing na ang bulkang Mayon ay isang aktibong bulkan sa Pilipinas.

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