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volcano (1)Mayon Volcano’s seismic monitoring network recorded three (3) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours. The crater could not be observed due to thick clouds covering the summit.  Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission was measured at an average of 1062 tonnes/day on 26 March 2018. Medium-term deflation has been recorded by electronic tiltmeter and Precise Leveling (PL) surveys since 20 February 2018 despite short-term episodes of inflation at the lower and middle slopes. However, overall ground deformation data indicate that the edifice is still swollen or inflated relative to pre-eruption baselines.

Alert Level 2 currently prevails over Mayon Volcano. This means that Mayon is at a moderate level of unrest. PHIVOLCS-DOST reminds the public of sudden explosions, lava collapses, pyroclastic density currents or PDCs and ashfall can still occur and threaten areas in the upper to middle slopes of Mayon. PHIVOLCS-DOST recommends that entry into the six kilometer-radius Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ and a precautionary seven kilometer-radius Extended Danger Zone or EDZ in the south-southwest to east-northeast sector, stretching from Anoling, Camalig to Sta. Misericordia, Sto. Domingo, must be strictly prohibited. People residing close to these danger areas are also advised to observe precautions associated with rockfalls, PDCs and ashfall. Active river channels and those perennially identified as lahar prone areas in the southern and eastern sectors should also be avoided especially during bad weather conditions or when there is heavy and prolonged rainfall. Civil aviation authorities must advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from sudden explosions and PDCs may pose hazards to aircrafts. PHIVOLCS-DOST is closely monitoring Mayon Volcano’s activity and any new significant development will be immediately communicated to all stakeholders.