Mount Bulusan erupts
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Mount Bulusan expelled ash late Friday morning, June 10, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.
In a notification issued at 12:14 pm, Phivolcs said the eruption started at 11:35 am, and ended at 11:40 am. The estimated height of the ash cloud was 6,562 feet or some 2,000 meters. (READ: FAST FACTS: Mt Bulusan, the PH's 4th most active volcano)
Institute head Renato Solidum said nobody was living within a 4-kilometer (2.48 miles) danger zone near the volcano, but that people in nearby communities should wear masks outside or stay indoors.
Solidum said that inhaling the ash could cause difficulty in breathing and respiratory illnesses.
The Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said in a post on its official Facebook account that Alert Level 1 remains in effect over Bulusan volcano.
“Local government units and the public are reminded that entry to the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions,” the Sorsogon PDRRMO said.
The provincial disaster management office also advised civil aviation authorities to provide adequate notice to pilots, as ash from the Bulusan eruption may be hazardous to aircraft.
“People living within valleys and along river/stream channels especially on the southwest and northwest sector of the edifice should be vigilant against sediment-laden stream flows and lahars in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall,” warned the Sorsogon PDRRMO.
Authorities have been preparing for a major Bulusan eruption since last year.
Mount Bulusan spewed ash on February 22 this year, and on May 1 and May 6, 2015, causing authorities. Another explosion took place on June 16, 2015, which affected some 34,000 residents and eventually led to their evacuation. (READ: Bulusan watch: Managing the unpredictable)
Affected residents may contact the Sorsogon PDRRMO via the following contact numbers:
- Smart: 0918-661-0851
- Globe: 0916-480-7367
- Text line: 0920-484-0394
- Landline: 056-421-5724
– with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com
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