The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level for Mayon Volcano in Albay to 3 on Sunday, January 14.
As of Thursday, January 18, a total of 143 lava collapse events were recorded from Tuesday to Wednesday. The agency noted that these events produced ash cloud that drifted towards the southwest and triggered a rockfall along the front and margins of advancing lava and pyroclastic flows into Miisi, Matanag, and Buyuan Gullies, located within the six-kilometer permanent danger zone (PDZ).
Alert level 3 means that the volcano is “relatively high unrest” and eruption is possible to happen within weeks. If it hits the alert level 4, hazardous eruption is expected within days. PHIVOLCS will also need to extend the PDZ to 8 kilometers.
A hazardous eruption would lead to a Level 5, which means pyroclastic flows may sweep down along guilles and channels.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has raised Alert Level 3 over Mayon Volcano. Find out the danger it poses to nearby communities. #MayonPH #PRCMayonOps pic.twitter.com/89TlJZscQT
— Philippine Red Cross (@philredcross) January 17, 2018
If you’re located near the Mayon Volcano, here are some things you need to do before, during, and after a volcanic eruption:
1. Stay vigilant. Every member of your family should take note all the possible dangers that can occur. An erupting volcano can blast ash, lava, rocks and gases into the air that can create hazards that can kill people. If evacuation is needed, contact the local government to know where are the centers and don’t hesitate to ask help how to arrive there safely.
2. Prepare emergency kits. Make a list of things you need to bring in case of evacuation: water, food, first aid kit, gas mask, candles, matches, flashlights, portable radio, and extra batteries. If you have pets, don’t forget to prepare an emergency kit for your companion animals.
1. Stay calm. If you’re inside a house, listen to the news for updates and developments regarding the volcanic eruption. Close all the windows and doors to prevent volcanic ash from entering. If you are outside, find cover in case of falling rocks.
2. Keep as much of your skin covered. Cover your mouth with clean cloth to protect irritation against small particles. Wear glasses to protect your eyes and avoid using contact lenses.
3. Follow evacuation orders. Stay in the evacuation center until further instructions. Do not to leave the place unless the authorities say it is safe to do so.
1. Let your relatives know you’re safe. After the eruption, make sure to inform your friends, family, and relatives about your situation.
2. Wait for further announcement. Continue listening to local news for updated information about the volcano. Don’t forget to follow reliable news source on your mobile phones to keep updated.
3. Clean your house safely. If you’re allowed to return home, shake loose the ash from furnitures before cleaning them. Do not forget to wear protective gears.