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Department of Science and Technology

PHILIPPINE INSTITUTE OF VOLCANOLOGY AND SEISMOLOGY

MANDATES

  1. Predict the occurrence of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and their related geotectonic phenomena
  1. Determine how eruptions and earthquakes shall occur and also areas likely to be affected
  1. Generate sufficient data for forecasting volcanic eruptions and earthquakes
  1. Mitigate hazards of volcanic activities through appropriate detection, forecast and warning system
  1. Formulate appropriate disaster preparedness plans

VISION

A leading global science and technology institution in helping develop communities safe from and resilient to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis

and other related hazards.

MISSION

We provide timely and quality information and services for warning, disaster preparedness and mitigation.

This we do through the development and application

of technologies for the monitoring and accurate prediction of, and determination of areas prone to, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and other related hazards, and capacity enhancement for comprehensive disaster risk reduction.

 
Taal Volcano Bulletin 19 June 2013 8:00 A.M. PDF Print
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 07:42

Taal Volcano’s (14.0000°N, 120.9833°E) seismic network recorded one (1) volcanic earthquake during the past 24-hour observation period. Field measurements last 13 June 2013 at the western sector of the Main Crater Lake yielded a slight decrease in water temperature of 32.5°C from 33.2°C, increase in water level of 0.25 meter from 0.24 meter, and water acidity remained at pH 3.03.  Ground deformation survey in the Volcano Island on 23 May-01 June 2013 denoted slight deflation at Calauit, Alas-as, Pira-piraso, Daang Kastila and New Eruption Site precise leveling lines compared to the February 2013 survey.  However, GPS data for the period of October 2012 to first week of May 2013 show inflationary changes in ground deformation while the edifice is still slightly inflating in general compared to February 2011 baseline data. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emission at the Main Crater Lake increased to 947 tonnes per day on 03 March 2013 compared to 720 tonnes per day last 27 November 2012.

Alert Level 1 remains in effect over Taal Volcano. This means that hazardous eruption is not imminent. The public, however, is reminded that the Main Crater should be strictly off-limits because sudden steam explosions may occur and high concentrations of toxic gases may accumulate. The northern portion of the Main Crater rim, in the vicinity of Daang Kastila Trail, may also become hazardous when steam emission along existing fissures suddenly increases.  Furthermore, the public is also reminded that the entire Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), and permanent settlement in the island is strongly not recommended.

DOST-PHIVOLCS

 
MAYON VOLCANO BULLETIN 02 February 2018 08:00 A.M. PDF Print
Friday, 02 February 2018 08:44

Sporadic and weak lava fountaining, continuous lava effusion and degassing from the summit crater characterized Mayon’s activity yesterday. Much of the activity produced low white to light-gray plumes, with the exception of four events that produced 750 to 1500 meter-tall gray ash plumes at 6:04 AM, 7:56 AM, 8:51 AM and 9:11 PM accompanied by loud booming sounds audible within 10 kilometers of the summit crater. Eleven (11) episodes of lava-collapse pyroclastic density current (PDC) events were visually observed between 8:51 AM yesterday and 2:01 AM this morning depositing along Miisi, Basud and Bonga Gullies within two kilometers of the summit crater. Throughout the night, quiet lava effusion fed lava flows and rockfall in the Miisi and Bonga-Buyuan channels and barrancos between these. The Miisi and Bonga-Buyuan lava flows have advanced to 3.2 kilometers and 4.0 kilometers, respectively, from the summit crater.

A total of three hundred thirty eight (338) volcanic earthquakes, most of which corresponded to sporadic and weak fountaining events, two (2) tremor events, eleven (11) distinct episodes of PDC generation from lava collapse and two (2) rockfall events were recorded by Mayon's seismic monitoring network. Rockfall events were generated by the collapsing lava front and margins of the advancing lava flows on the Bonga and Miisi Gullies. Sulfur dioxide gas emission was measured at an average of 3,066 tonnes/day on 01 February 2018. Electronic tilt and continuous GPS measurements indicate a sustained swelling or inflation of the edifice since November and October 2017, consistent with pressurization by magmatic intrusion.

Alert Level 4 remains in effect over Mayon Volcano. The public is strongly advised to be vigilant and desist from entering the eight (8) kilometer-radius danger zone, and to be additionally vigilant against pyroclastic density currents, lahars and sediment-laden stream flows along channels draining the edifice. Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash from any sudden eruption can be hazardous to aircraft. DOST-PHIVOLCS maintains close monitoring of Mayon Volcano and any new development will be communicated to all concerned stakeholders.

 
BULUSAN VOLCANO BULLETIN 29 April 2017 8:00 A.M. PDF Print
Saturday, 29 April 2017 07:10

Bulusan Volcano’s seismic monitoring network recorded one (1) volcanic earthquake during the past 24 hours.  Weak emission of white steam plumes that rose up to 70 meters and drifted southeast was observed coming from the active vents. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission was measured at an average of 11 tonnes per day on March 17, 2017. Precise leveling data obtained on January 29, 2017 - February 03, 2017 indicated deflationary changes since October 2016. This is consistent with data from continuous GPS measurements that indicated short-term deflation of the edifice since January 2017. However, the edifice remains generally inflated with respect to July 2016 based on continuous GPS data.

Alert Level 1 (abnormal) status remains in effect over Bulusan Volcano, which means that it is currently in a state of unrest probably driven by hydrothermal processes that could generate steam driven or phreatic eruptions. Local government units and the public are reminded that entry into the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited and that vigilance in the Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) must be exercised due to the increased possibilities of sudden and hazardous phreatic eruptions. Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft. Furthermore, people living within valleys and along river/stream channels especially on the southeast, southwest and northwest sector of the edifice 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 condition and any new development will be communicated to all concerned stakeholders.

DOST-PHIVOLCS

 
BULUSAN VOLCANO BULLETIN 22 June 2018 08:00 A.M. PDF Print
Friday, 22 June 2018 07:48

Bulusan Volcano’s seismic monitoring network did not detect any volcanic earthquake during the past 24 hours. Weak emission of white steam-laden plumes that rose 50 meters from the active vents before drifting northeast was observed. Ground deformation from Precise Leveling data obtained on June 03 - 11, 2018 indicated a slight inflation of the edifice. Data recorded by Bulusan’s continuous GPS and tilt networks also indicated slight inflation of the edifice since January 2018.

 

Alert Level 1 (abnormal) status remains in effect over Bulusan Volcano, which means that it is currently in a state of unrest probably driven by hydrothermal processes that could generate steam driven or phreatic eruptions. Local government units and the public are reminded that entry into the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited and that vigilance in the Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) must be exercised due to the increased possibilities of sudden and hazardous phreatic eruptions. Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft. Furthermore, people living within valleys and along river/stream channels especially on the southeast, southwest and northwest sector of the edifice 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 condition and any new development will be communicated to all concerned stakeholders.

 

DOST-PHIVOLCS

 
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