Phivolcs downgrades Mayon alert status to level 3


FILE PHOTO: Mayon Volcano on a sunny weather

MANILA, Philippines — At past eight in the morning on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) downgraded the alert status for Mayon Volcano to level 3.

This was due to the fewer recorded activities of Mt. Mayon.

“Mostly ang narerecord na lang natin ngayon, yung surficial events na rock falls, tapos yung mga low frequency events na associated lang sa degassing shallow surface,” Phivolcs senior science specialist Ed Laguerta said.

(What we have been recording mostly for now are surficial events such as rock falls and low-frequency events associated with the degassing shallow surface.)

With the downgrading of alert level for Mt. Mayon, the local government of Albay has allowed the return of 55,000 evacuees to their homes within the eight-kilometer danger around the volcano.

“Doon sa decampment, iko-consider pa rin namin yung post-disaster support na kailangang ibigay din sa kanila habang pinauwi na dahil syempre wala pa silang kabuhayan,” said Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) head Cedric Daep.

(In terms of the decampment, we will still consider post-disaster support that we need to give them because they still have no livelihood.)

More than 2,000 families will remain at evacuation centers with homes within the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone and 7-kilometer extended danger zone.

This is while the alert status for the volcano has not yet been lowered down to level 2. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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