Philippines raises volcano alert level after lava flow

From Reuters - January 14, 2018

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert level at its rumbling Mayon volcano to level 3 on Sunday after detecting lava flow and indications of activity that could lead to eruptions of magma.

More than 900 families have been evacuated from villages near Mayon, a tourist attraction because of its near-perfect cone shape, following a steam-driven eruption on Saturday.

Authorities advised people to cover their noses and mouths with a damp, clean cloth or dust mask if they were exposed to ash from the eruptions, and said aircraft must avoid flying close to the volcanos summit.[nL4N1P807T]

Two similar phreatic eruptions occurred at the volcano in central Albay province on Sunday, unleashing more ash.

Mayons summit crater is now exhibiting bright crater glow that signifies the growth of a new lava dome and beginnings of lava flow towards the southern slopes, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum said the volcano appeared due for another major eruption as it has been displaying abnormal behaviour since late last year.

Alert level 3 is what we considered critical, 4 is when eruption is imminent, and 5 is eruption in progress, Cedric Daep, head of the Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said in a radio interview.


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