MAYON VOLCANO BULLETIN 10 April 2018 08:00 A.M. PDF Print

Mayon Volcano’s seismic monitoring network recorded four (4) volcanic earthquakes and one (1) rockfall event during the past 24 hours. Weak to moderate emission of white steam-laden plumes drifting west-southwest, west-northwest and southwest occurred throughout the day. Fair crater glow from the summit could be observed at night.. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission was measured at an average of 899 tonnes/day on 05 April 2018. Medium-term deflation has been recorded by electronic tiltmeter since 20 February 2018 despite short-term episodes of inflation at the lower and middle slopes. Precise leveling data obtained on 22-29 March 2018 indicate deflation of the edifice relative to the 10-19 March 2018 surveys. However, overall ground deformation data indicate that the edifice is still 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. DOST-PHIVOLCS 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. DOST-PHIVOLCS 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. DOST-PHIVOLCS is closely monitoring Mayon Volcano’s activity and any new significant development will be immediately communicated to all stakeholders.