PHIVOLCS keeps alert level as Mayon simmers
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Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Sunday kept Alert
Level 4 hoisted over Mount Mayon as the volcano continued to show signs of
activity for the past 24 hours.
PHIVOLCS recorded a total of 25 volcanic earthquakes and 354 tremor episodes
in the past 24 hours while sulfur-dioxide emission remained high at 3,172
tons per day. Lava was also spotted flowing out of the southeast sector of
The institute's science research specialist, Lesty Saquilon, meanwhile,
denied reports of an ash emission on Saturday.
Saquilon said alert level 4 remains hoisted over Mayon, which means a
hazardous explosion is possible.
"The volcano is gathering pressure inside and will eventually explode,"
"A mild or hazardous explosion is possible," he added.
The government earlier ordered the forced evacuation of people residing
within the six-kilometer permanent danger zone around the volcano.
A total of 42,202 people or 9,275 families covered by the order are staying
in 29 evacuation camps in the three cities of Albay, namely Legazpi, Ligao
and Tabaco, and its five towns; Guinobatan, Camalig, Daraga, Santo Domingo