The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the alert level for Mayon Volcano to Level 3 due to indications of a potential eruption. The elevated alert status has prompted authorities to urge residents in surrounding areas to remain vigilant and be prepared for possible volcanic activity.
Mayon Volcano, known for its picturesque conical shape and located in the province of Albay, has a history of eruptions. The increase in volcanic activity, including the observation of high levels of sulfur dioxide emissions and volcanic tremors, has prompted PHIVOLCS to raise the alert level.
Under Alert Level 3, the public is advised to avoid entry into the six-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) around the volcano. This is to ensure the safety of individuals and minimize the risk of hazards such as pyroclastic flows, lava flows, and ashfall.
Local government units have been instructed to assess the situation in their respective areas and implement necessary precautionary measures to protect communities. Emergency response teams are on standby, ready to provide assistance and ensure the safety and well-being of residents.
The residents living near Mayon Volcano have been advised to stay updated with official announcements and follow the guidance of local authorities. They are encouraged to prepare emergency kits, including essential supplies and personal documents, in case evacuation becomes necessary.
PHIVOLCS continues to closely monitor the volcano’s activity and conduct further assessments to provide timely updates and recommendations to the public. The agency emphasizes the importance of preparedness and cooperation to mitigate the potential risks associated with volcanic eruptions.
Authorities are reminding the public to refrain from spreading unverified information or engaging in activities that could jeopardize their safety. It is essential to rely on official sources for accurate and up-to-date information regarding the volcanic activity and related advisories.
The raised alert level underscores the need for heightened vigilance and preparedness among communities residing near Mayon Volcano. By staying informed and taking necessary precautions, individuals can effectively respond to potential volcanic hazards and ensure their safety and well-being.