Mt Bulusan spews ash anew

Rhadyz B. Barcia
Mt Bulusan spews ash anew
A steam-driven explosion sends a 300-meter column of ash into the air

SORSOGON, Philippines – Mt Bulusan, a restive volcano in this province, again spewed ash Sunday afternoon, June 19.

Phivolcs-Bicol resident volcanologist Eduardo Laguerta confirmed that an ash explosion was recorded at 1:03 pm. The ash explosion lasted for around 7 minutes.

“The Bulusan volcano explosion [was] generated by a steam-driven event with [a] 300-meter ash column above the crater,” Laguerta said. “The explosion is a bit weak.”

No volcanic earthquakes were recorded in the past 24 hours.

Mt Bulusan also spewed ash last week, with an ash column about 6,562 feet high. The volcano’s last magmatic eruption took place more than 40 years ago. (READ: FAST FACTS: Mt Bulusan, the PH’s 4th most active volcano)

Alert Level 1 remains in effect for Mt Bulusan, meaning there could still be more steam-driven eruptions.

Phivolcs reminds the public that entering the 4-kilometer Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) around the volcano is strictly prohibited.

Pilots are also advised not to fly close to Mt Bulusan’s summit “as ash from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft.” –

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