MAYON VOLCANO BULLETIN 05 March 2015 8:00 A.M. PDF Print
Thursday, 05 March 2015 07:50

Mayon Volcano’s seismic monitoring network recorded one (1) volcanic earthquake and one (1) rockfall event during the past 24 hours. Moderate emission of white steam plumes that crept downslope and drifted towards north-northwest was observed. Crater glow was not observed last night. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emitted at the crater averaged 134 tonnes/day last 24 February 2015 was still below the baseline level during normal periods. Data from the ground deformation survey on January 20-31, 2015 indicated a deflation of the edifice relative to the November 27-29, 2014 survey, although the edifice remains inflated relative to baseline measurements beginning 2010. Data from continuous tilt monitoring indicate that magma has stalled deep beneath the northern flanks of the volcano, although the edifice is still inflated or swollen compared to baseline levels.

Mayon Volcano’s alert status is currently at Alert Level 2. This means the volcano is at a moderate level of magmatic unrest. Although the volcano is currently exhibiting low-level of seismic activity, ground deformation data indicate that eruptible magma had already accumulated the previous year beneath the edifice. Current conditions may still change and eventually lead to hazardous eruption. The public is still reminded to avoid entry into the 6-km Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ due to perennial hazards of rockfalls, avalanche, ash puffs and sudden steam-driven or phreatic eruptions at the summit area. Furthermore, people living in valleys and active river channels are cautioned to remain vigilant against sediment-laden streamflows and lahars in the event of prolonged and heavy rainfall. PHIVOLCS-DOST is closely monitoring Mayon Volcano’s activity and any new development will be immediately posted to all concerned.