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Mayon Volcano posts 2 events of lava fountaining – Philvolcs

By: Faye Orellana - @inquirerdotnet / 07:53 AM January 24, 2018 The Mayon Volcano posted two episodes of lava fountaining early Wednesday morning, the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) said.

Mt. Mayon

Mt. Mayon spews column of ash into the sky about 5 kilometers in height around 12: 45 PM on January 22, 2018, prompting officials to raise Alert Level 4 at the volcano. The consequent ash fall  hit the towns of Guinobatan, Oas, Polangui, Libon and Ligao City in Albay province. (Photo by Michael Jaucian / Inquirer Southern Luzon)

The latest occurrence was at 6:02 a.m., according to Eric Arbona of Phivolcs, when lava fountain of 300 meters in height caused ash plume that affected areas 5 kilometers southwest from the volcano.

Prior this, Phivolcs said the Mayon Volcano spewed a 500-meter high lava around 2:33 a.m., which consequently produced ash plume that affected areas 3 kilometers south-southwest from the rumbling Mt. Mayon.


On Monday, Phivolcs raised Alert Level 4 at the Mayon Volcano as it spewed thick, huge columns of ash, and dumped heavy ash fall over nearby towns in Albay province.


READ: Mayon danger zone widened to 8-km radius

Alert Level 4, Phivolcs explained, means that the explosion is hazardous and that a major eruption is imminent.  


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