Awareness and Preparedness
|BULUSAN VOLCANO BULLETIN 01 August 2011 8:00 A.M.|
Bulusan Volcano’s (12.7667°N, 124.0500°E) seismic network did not detect any volcanic earthquake during the past 24-hour observation period. Steaming activity at known thermal vents has been obscured by thick clouds that covered the volcano summit during this period. Ground deformation survey (precise leveling) last 07-09 June 2011 had yielded no significant changes relative to 07-11 May 2011.
Bulusan Volcano’s status remains at Alert Level 1, meaning that current volcanic activity is driven by shallow, hydrothermal processes. Entry to the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited due to sudden steam and ash eruptions. Due to the prevailing wind direction, residents in the northwest and southwest sectors of the volcano are reminded to take precautions against ashfall from sudden eruptions. Civil aviation authorities must also warn pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ejecta from sudden eruptions may be hazardous to aircraft. If possible, aircraft should avoid airspace west of the volcano as volcanic ash is likely to be dispersed in this direction by prevailing winds. Furthermore, people living within valleys and along river/stream channels should be vigilant against sediment-laden stream flows and lahars in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall. DOST-PHIVOLCS is closely monitoring Bulusan Volcano’s activity and any new development will be relayed to all concerned.