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How are PH tsunami warning systems maintained?

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:30 AM

To many, what took place in Indonesia serves as a reminder for the Philippines to ensure that preparations for such disasters are continuously being implemented and improved

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes off Davao Oriental

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) Phivolcs says damage is expected from the earthquake, as well as aftershocks

Image from Phivolcs

DOST chief to resign if PAGASA, Phivolcs moved to disaster resilience department

Aug 09, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña says he would just return to private life if the two agencies are attached to the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience

DOST CHIEF. DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña responds to questions in a press briefing in Legazpi City on August 8, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits Sarangani

Jul 03, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected from the earthquake on Tuesday, July 3, but there will be aftershocks

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes off Batangas

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected from the earthquake on Tuesday, July 3, but there will be aftershocks

After months of quiet, Mayon volcano erupts again

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:30 PM

'There's no time to relax. Even if the volcano looks calm from the distance, from our instrument, the volcano is still in abnormal condition,' says Phivolcs resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta

MOUNT MAYON. This photo taken in January 2018 shows the popular Mayon volcano. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes Catanduanes

May 05, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says no damage has been reported following the quake

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Albay officials order decampment of over 54,000 Mayon evacuees

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office orders the total decampment of Mayon evacuees from the cities of Legazpi and Ligao, and the municipalities of Sto Domingo and Bacacay

MAYON. Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs' resident volcanologist chief in Bicol, announces lowering of Mayon volcano's status from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, March 6, during a press briefing at the Apsemo hall. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Phivolcs lowers Mayon volcano status to Alert Level 3

Mar 06, 2018 - 12:59 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says it lowered Mayon's alert status to reflect the 'overall decrease in the level of unrest'

MAYON VOLCANO. This photo taken in January 2018 shows the popular Mayon Volcano. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has lowered the status of Mayon Volcano to Alert Level 3 on March 6. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Phivolcs warns Mayon still dangerous, far from peak explosion

Feb 05, 2018 - 9:50 PM

New magma is pushing to the crater, says Phivolcs' resident volcanologist in Bicol, as nearly 20,000 families remain in evacuation camps

BFP trainees from Regions 4A, 5 & 8 walk like duck as part of the Fire Basic Rescue Course (FBRC) in Ligao City, Albay. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mayon victims sent home to prevent outbreaks in evacuation camps

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The Office of Civil Defense is prepared should the alert level rise and force further evacuations, however

EVACUEES. A Mayon evacuee takes care of her child. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Phivolcs investigating change in eruption appearance on Mayon

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:23 PM

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum also calls Mayon volcano 'the most interesting volcano that we have'

MAYON VOLCANO. A view of Mayon Volcano spewing plumes of smoke and ash. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Phivolcs warns of lahar flow from Mayon after rainfall

Jan 27, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The areas of Guinobatan, Ligao, Camalig, Daraga, Legazpi, Malilipot and Tabaco are at the most risk in the event of a lahar flow

Phivolcs official in Bicol warns disaster officials and residents of southeast quadrant of Mayon volcano to be on guard as lahar deluge might takes place in case of heavy rain due to bad weather disturbance. Typhoon Pablo is threatens to hit in Bicol on December 4 to 5 in southern portion of the region.(RHAYDZ B. BARCIA)

Solidum: Mayon eruption may not be over

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Here is a list of reminders for the public during and after a volcanic eruption

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Alert Level 4 raised over Mayon Volcano

Jan 22, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Classes in all levels across Albay are suspended, and residents are advised to wear face masks and stay indoors

Albay seeks 'augmentation support' from gov't for evacuees

Jan 21, 2018 - 1:10 AM

More than 7,000 families are temporarily sheltered in evacuation sites due to Mayon Volcano

'RESTIVE.' Volcanic materials from the slopes of Mayon volcano tumbled down over the ricefields in Albay on November 1, 2017. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Mayon lava flow advances 3 kilometers, endangering farmers in 'no man's land'

Jan 19, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Because of the fertile soil there, a number of vegetable farmers continuously return to the area declared as 'no man's land' to harvest crops – despite the strict prohibition of Phivolcs officials

CAMALLIG TOWN FARMING. Farmers in Camalig town till their farmland while the restive Mayon volcano ejects lava. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

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Jan 16, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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Jan 16, 2018 - 2:25 PM

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Mayon Volcano spews debris, hot gases

Jan 15, 2018 - 11:25 AM

The volcano in Albay is under Alert Level 3, which means a 'hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days'

PYROCLASTIC FLOW. A view of the pyroclastic flow on the slopes of Mayon Volcano on January 15, 2018. Photo courtesy Phivolcs

'Hazardous' Mayon Volcano eruption possible within days

Jan 14, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raises Alert Level 3 for the Mayon Volcano in Albay

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Mayon Volcano status raised to Alert Level 2

Jan 14, 2018 - 9:45 AM

The status alert change comes after a steam-driven eruption that caused ash falls in areas of Albay

Mount Kanlaon remains restive, records 1,217 quakes in 24 hours

Dec 15, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Mount Kanlaon is still on Alert Level 2, which means the volcano is undergoing a moderate level of unrest

MOUNT KANLAON. A view of Mount Kanlaon from La Castellana town, Negros Occidental, on November 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Rollanie Redil

Negros Occidental town suspends classes as Mount Kanlaon emits sulfur fumes

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Authorities say residents in La Castellana town complained about the odor coming from the active volcano, which remains on Alert Level 2

MOUNT KANLAON. A view of Mount Kanlaon from La Castellana town, Negros Occidental, on November 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Rollanie Redil

Mount Kanlaon now on Alert Level 2

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:14 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raises the alert level after it recorded 279 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours

TREKKERS WELCOME. Mount Kanlaon is again open to trekkers. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits Lanao del Sur

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:10 AM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected, but there are aftershocks

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Aug 11, 2017 - 2:46 PM

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6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Batangas

Aug 11, 2017 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Phivolcs says no damage is expected after the earthquake

After 3 years, Mount Kanlaon reopens trails

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:48 PM

Trekkers can now climb Mount Kanlaon after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology lowered the alert status of the active volcano to normal status

TREKKERS WELCOME. Mount Kanlaon is again open to trekkers. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Magnitude 5.8 aftershock hits Leyte

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:48 AM

UPDATED Phivolcs revises the magnitude of the aftershock from 5 4 to 5 8

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DSWD gives P3.2M worth of aid to Leyte earthquake survivors

Jul 09, 2017 - 6:30 PM

A total of 1 837 families or 9 185 persons living in Leyte are displaced by the earthquake

RELIEF. DSWD sends assistance to those affected by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Leyte. Photo from DSWD

2 dead in strong Leyte earthquake

Jul 06, 2017 - 7:40 PM

4th UPDATE A woman dies after being hit by falling debris in Ormoc City A body is also retrieved after a building collapsed in the municipality of Kananga

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Leyte

Jul 06, 2017 - 4:45 PM

4th UPDATE Phivolcs warns that damage and aftershocks are expected

Earthquake rocks parts of Bicol, Eastern Visayas

Apr 10, 2017 - 9:44 AM

The magnitude 5 4 quake with an epicenter underneath the Philippine Sea was felt in parts of Bicol and Eastern Visayas

QUAKE EPICENTER. Epicenter of the April 10 earthquake near Eastern Visayas. Image courtesy PHIVOLCS

Magnitude 5.5 quake rocks Batangas

Apr 04, 2017 - 9:27 PM

UPDATED The quake is also felt in various parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces

Magnitude 5.9 aftershock rocks Surigao area

Mar 05, 2017 - 10:48 AM

3rd UPDATE One woman dies of a heart attack while at least 41 people are injured civil defense officials say

Phivolcs chief Solidum appointed as DOST usec

Mar 01, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Renato Solidum Jr will continue to head the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology as officer in charge says Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña

NEW DOST UNDERSECRETARY. Science Secretary Fortunato dela Paz (left) administers the oath to new DOST Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr on February 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of DOST

After an earthquake, what should house, building owners do next?

Feb 19, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Experts say that aftershocks are still possible weeks even months after a major earthquake How can we prepare for them?

WATCH: Phivolcs explains strong Surigao quake

Feb 13, 2017 - 12:55 AM

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum discusses the science behind the February 10 tremor and how the affected communities should deal with the disaster

CRACKS. Motorists pass a building damaged by the strong earthquake that struck Surigao City on February 10, 2017. Photo by Erwin Mascariñas/AFP

#EarthquakePH: What to do during aftershocks

Feb 11, 2017 - 7:18 PM

Here are 3 things to do during aftershocks according to Phivolcs

#MMSHAKEDRILL. A wounded person being carried by volunteers during the MMShakeDrill on July 2017 in Pasig City. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

6 dead as magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Mindanao

Feb 10, 2017 - 11:03 PM

7th UPDATE Surigao City s public information officer says some roads and bridges are no longer passable The quake also damages some buildings and houses

AFTER THE QUAKE. Aftermath from the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that rocked Surigao City on February 10, 2017. Photo by Jong Labrador

Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off Sulu

Jan 10, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Phivolcs says there is no damage from the tremor but there are aftershocks

Magnitude 5.0 quake rocks parts of Luzon

Nov 10, 2016 - 4:10 PM

UPDATED No damage is expected but there will be aftershocks says Phivolcs

Phivolcs urges youth: Prepare for earthquakes, tsunamis

Nov 05, 2016 - 5:18 PM

Earthquake experts from Phivolcs teach high school students what to do in case disaster strikes

VIRAL: Lens-shaped clouds over Kanlaon Volcano amaze netizens

Nov 01, 2016 - 4:16 PM

Netizens comment on the beauty of the lenticular clouds or lens shaped clouds that developed over the active volcano

An IP camera view of Kanlaon Volcano on November 1, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Mt Bulusan spews ash column 2.5 kilometers high

Oct 23, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Phivolcs records a phreatic eruption at 3:31 pm on Sunday October 23 as the volcano in Sorsogon remains under Alert Level 1

6.5-magnitude earthquake hits Mati in Davao Oriental

Sep 24, 2016 - 7:58 AM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected after the earthquake

Phivolcs warns of 'big' Mayon eruption in coming days

Sep 08, 2016 - 5:18 PM

Phivolcs cites abnormal activity such as drying wells more earthquakes and increased sulfur dioxide emission of the volcano

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

5.4-magnitude earthquake hits Panay island

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:17 PM

The epicenter is located some 31 kilometers northwest of Tigbauan town in Iloilo province and 10 km east northeast of San Remigio town in Antique province

The epicenter of the earthquake in the southern part of Panay island, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

How to know if your area is near a fault line

Aug 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Phivolcs' FaultFinder web app lets users determine their distance from the nearest active fault line