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PHIVOLCS keeps alert level as Mayon simmers

 

See this story in its original context at ABS-CBN News.
The 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 volcano.

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," Saquilon said.

"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 and Malilipot.
 

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